|05.10.14 at 1:45 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots selected running back James White out of Wisconsin with the 130th overall pick in the NFL draft Saturday.
A fourth-round selection, White is a 5-foot-10, 194-pounder who finished his career ranked No. 4 all-time at Wisconsin with 4,015 rushing yards, including a career-high 1,444 yards on 221 carries (6.5 average) and 13 touchdowns. A consensus second-team All-Big Ten last year, he ranks third all-time at UW in rushing touchdowns (45), and is tied for the eighth-most in Big Ten history. He also ranks third all-time at Wisconsin in total touchdowns (48), the ninth-most by a Big Ten player.
White figures to sit behind Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden when it comes to playing time in 2014, although it is worth noting that all three of those players are heading into the final year of their contracts.
The Patriots have five more picks on the board at this point.
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|05.10.14 at 12:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Three early thoughts on the Patriots selection of Bryan Stork with the 105th overall pick:
1. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Stork certainly has an impressive resume. This past season, he started all 13 games played at center for the national champions and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. He does apparently have some positional versatility, which means he could show up as a backup to either Dan Connolly or Logan Mankins. (He played some left guard while at FSU.) But for now, he’ll likely serve as the primary backup for starter Ryan Wendell.
2. Like first-round pick Dominique Easley, there are some injury issues. He did not compete at the combine because of left knee and shoulder issues, and had toe issues at the start of the 2013 season. In addition, in 2011, he missed games against Boston College and did not start against Miami because of migraines, then suffered a finger injury against Florida which became infected and nearly required amputation. That being said, he did start 26 games the last two years, and so there’s something to be said for battling through injuries.
3. It remains to be seen — injuries and other personnel decisions always play a role when it comes to roster-buiuding. But at least on the surface, like Easley and Jimmy Garoppolo, this pick appears to be a developmental acquisition with an eye toward a year or two down the road.
|05.10.14 at 12:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots selected Florida State center Bryan Stork with the 105th overall pick in the NFL draft on Saturday.
The first pick of the fourth round for New England, the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder. In 2013, he started all 13 games played at center for the national champions and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. He’s struggled with injury over the course of his college career with knee and shoulder issues.
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|05.10.14 at 7:00 am ET|
The Patriots head into Saturday’s Day 3 of the NFL draft with seven picks, including three fourth-round selections, three sixth-round selections and one seventh–round draft choice:
Fourth round, No. 105 overall
Fourth round, No. 130 overall
Fourth round, No. 140 overall (compensatory, cannot be traded)
Sixth round, No. 179 overall
Sixth round, No. 198 overall
Sixth round, No. 206 overall
Seventh round, No. 244 overall
The selection process is set to get underway at noon, and teams are allotted five minutes per selection.
|05.10.14 at 2:08 am ET|
|05.10.14 at 1:59 am ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price recap a busy first two days for the Patriots in the 2014 NFL draft, including the selection of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive tackle Dominique Easley and what it means for the immediate and long-term future of the Patriots. They discuss the future of Ryan Mallett and what the selection of Garoppolo might mean for the succession plan for Tom Brady in New England.
|05.10.14 at 1:53 am ET|
FOXBORO — Call him a cynic or just highly suspicious, but Bill Belichick wasn’t about to feed into the Friday frenzy created by a report that a scouting report on Johnny Manziel from a Patriots scout had some how, some way found its way online.
ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss asked Belichick about the report late Friday night during the press conference to talk about Day 2 of the NFL draft, and how it could possibly be that a scouting report on the most-discussed player in the draft might have been leaked by the most guarded team in the NFL.
“With all due respect, I hate to admit this, but I don’t think I’ve been online in a couple days or weeks or whatever, so that’s not really an important thing to me,” Belichick said. “I don’t even know what’s online and what isn’t online. But I would say we probably have, I can’t even imagine, 10,000 pages of information. It’s a lot of information.
“There’s no way I can sit up here and tell you that I’ve read it all. I’ve read a fraction of it. But we have a ton of information on all the players that are in the draft. What’s online, you should go talk to the geniuses that are online. I don’t know. MyFace, YourFace, InstantFace. Go talk to whoever you want that does that stuff. I don’t know.”
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