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Patriots Picks...#21 #36, #86,#106,#118, #136,#191,#205,#206,#229

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    Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota


    Position: RB
    Class: Jr
    School: Minnesota
    Conference: Big Ten
    Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 217
    40 Time: 4.48

    BIO: Started the past three seasons in a rotational system at Minnesota. Awarded All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Junior totals included 281/1,464/10 on the ground with 17/170/1 as a pass-catcher. Ground totals the prior year included 217/1,348/12. Rushed for 1,000 yards each of the past three seasons.

    POSITIVES: Patient, elusive ball carrier with outstanding instincts. Waits for blocks to develop, weaves through the traffic and finds the open space. Quick-footed, cuts back against the grain and makes defenders miss. Bounces around piles or beats defenders around the corner. Does not go down without a fight and falls forward when tackled. Solid pass-catcher.

    NEGATIVES: Cannot run to daylight and presents himself as a one-speed back. Must pick up the blocking intensity. Not a pile-mover. Has had problems with minor nicks and bruises in the past.

    ANALYSIS: Handling a lot of carries in college, Maroney showed up bigger and stronger at the combine. Could be an effective West Coast back in the NFL.


    #36 (trades Picks #52 and #75 to GB for pick #36)

    Chad Jackson WR Florida


    Position: WR
    Class: Jr
    School: Florida
    Conference: Southeastern
    Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 213
    40 Time: 4.35

    Grading System

    BIO: Moved into a full-time starting position last season, producing career-best numbers of 88/900/9 and winning All-Conference honors. Started three games as a sophomore, posting 29/648/6.

    POSITIVES: Athletic receiver slowly developing a complete game. Uses his frame to shield away opponents, adjusts to the errant throw and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Sturdy receiver who gets airborne and pulls the pass from a crowd or takes a pounding then holds onto the ball. Has the speed to beat defenders down the sidelines.

    NEGATIVES: Must improve his route-running skills. Gets marginal results blocking.

    ANALYSIS: A terrific prospect with an ever-improving game, Jackson showed signs of dominance as a junior then went on to have an outstanding combine. Moved himself into the first 30 selections and could develop into a No. 1 receiver at the next level.



    David Thomas TE Texas

    Position: TE
    Class: Sr
    School: Texas
    Conference: Big Twelve
    Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 252
    40 Time: 4.74

    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his junior campaign. Led Texas in receiving as a senior with 50/613/5 after 25/430/5 the prior year.

    POSITIVES: Athletic tight end who plays with a good degree of intelligence. Finds the open spot on the field and effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents. Has soft hands, makes the reception in stride and keeps the play in bounds. Possesses excellent field sense, gets past the sticks on third down and is always in tune with the quarterback. Gives effort as a blocker.

    NEGATIVES: Rarely moves linebackers off the ball blocking. Not a consistent deep threat.

    ANALYSIS: Lacking great upside, Thomas has been a consistent pass-catching threat who elevated his play the past three seasons. Should see significant playing time in third-down back/red-zone situations at the next level.


    #106 (from Lions)

    TE Mills Garrett Tulsa

    Position: TE
    Class: 4Sr
    School: Tulsa
    Conference: Western Athletic
    Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 241
    40 Time: 4.67

    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in receptions as a senior totaling 87/1,235/9, setting an NCAA single season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Junior totals included 51/560/2 when he also lined up at fullback.

    POSITIVES: Smart, hard-working skill player with a great feel for the game. Consistently finds the clearing in the defense and makes the reception in stride. Adjusts for the errant pass, displaying soft and strong hands. Makes the difficult catch in traffic, taking the big hit yet holding onto the ball. Knows where he is on the field, effectively uses the sidelines and always works to make himself an available target. Keeps the play in bounds running after the reception. Plays with good pad level and gives effort as a blocker.

    NEGATIVES: Lacks footwork sliding out in pass protection. Marginal blocking skills.

    ANALYSIS: Ultra-productive in college, Mills has no defined NFL position. Has a special-teams mentality and finds a way to get it done, which leads one to believe he.ll be a productive third-down specialist in the NFL.



    Stephen Gotowski K Memphis

    #136 (from Raiders)

    OT Ryan O'Callaghan Cal

    Position: T
    Class: Sr
    School: California
    Conference: Pacific-10
    Ht., Wt.: 6-6.5, 344
    40 Time: 5.37
    Selected by: New England Patriots
    Round 5, pick 3 (136 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter at right tackle and guard. All-Conference selection after his junior and senior campaigns.

    POSITIVES: Massive blocker who eliminates defenders at the point of attack. Strong, walls opponents from the action or engulfs them altogether. Makes effective use of angles, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and possesses powerful hand punch. Does not give up an inch of room and easily anchors at the point.

    NEGATIVES: Not quick or explosive into run blocks. Loses balance sliding out laterally and lacks top range. Has a history of shoulder injuries which is a concern.

    ANALYSIS: Offering enticing size and ability for a strong side tackle, O'Callaghan has the tools to eventually start in the NFL. Must receive a clean bill of health and complete his game, yet is a solid middle-round choice.



    DE Jeremy Mincey Florida

    Position: DE
    Class: Sr
    School: Florida
    Conference: Southeastern
    Ht., Wt.: 6-3.5, 259
    40 Time: 4.74
    Selected by: New England Patriots
    Round 6, pick 22 (191 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Starter the past two years, winning All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 62/9/3.5. Junior numbers included 51/9/2.

    POSITIVES: Athletic prospect with an improving game. Plays with good pad level, is fast off the edge and quickly changes direction. Makes plays down the line of scrimmage, is rarely off his feet and is explosive at the point. Fires between gaps and immediately alters his angle of attack pursuing to the action.

    NEGATIVES: Can be handled at the point by a single blocker or easily knocked from the action by chip blocks. Marginal instincts and slow locating the ball.

    ANALYSIS: Displaying progress the past two seasons, Mincey offers upside as a defensive end in a conventional scheme or a rush linebacker in a 34 alignment.


    #205 (Compensatory pick)

    OG Dan Stevenson Notre Dame

    Position: OG
    Class: 5Sr
    School: Notre Dame
    Conference: -
    Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 300
    40 Time: 5.43
    Selected by: New England Patriots
    Round 6, pick 36 (205 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter at the right guard position.

    POSITIVES: Hard-working blocker with a good degree of upside potential. Plays with excellent lean, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and anchors at the point. Explosive, jolts defenders and flashes footwork sliding laterally. Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates.

    NEGATIVES: Marginally strong as a run blocker and rarely gets movement. Not effective on the second level.

    ANALYSIS: A good-sized guard with growth potential, Stevenson elevated his play as a senior and could develop into a starting NFL guard as he physically matures.


    #206 (Compensatory pick)

    DT Le Kevin Smith Nebraska

    Position: DT
    Class: Sr
    School: Nebraska
    Conference: Big Twelve
    Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 316
    40 Time: 5.07
    Selected by: New England Patriots
    Round 6, pick 37 (206 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter who posted 43/13/6 as a senior after 43/11/2.5 the prior year. Former All-Conference player. Has a history of knee injuries.

    POSITIVES: Explosive defensive lineman who makes plays in pursuit. Built low to the ground, plays with good pad level and gets off the ball with a great first step. Alters his angle of attack, has a closing burst of speed and makes plays out to the sidelines. Can drop off the line and play in space.

    NEGATIVES: Sometimes controlled by a single blocker and rarely gets much push up the field. Has tackles broken. Considered lazy by NFL scouts.

    ANALYSIS: A prospect who flashes ability, Smith has displayed limited consistency and is labeled an underachiever. His quickness, ability to play with leverage and change-of-direction skills makes him a potential three-technique lineman if he puts forth more effort.



    DB Willie Andrews Baylor

    Position: S
    Class: Sr
    School: Baylor
    Conference: Big Twelve
    Ht., Wt.: 5-9.5, 193
    40 Time: 4.43

    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter handed All-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 59/3/4. Posted 67/0/3 as a junior with a 10.8-yard average on 41 punt returns.

    POSITIVES: Explosive defensive back who displays speed in every direction. Tough, works to get involved and flies around the ball. Flashes skill in coverage and positions himself to make plays on the ball.

    NEGATIVES: Undersized, runs around blocks and does not always play under control.

    ANALYSIS: Possessing solid size/speed numbers for the secondary, Andrews is a dime back for the next level with potential as a return specialist.

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