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49ers take Boston College OL Ian Silberman, Titans take BC center Andy Gallik

05.02.15 at 4:16 pm ET
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Boston College offensive lineman Ian Silberman was taken by the 49ers. (Boston College)

Boston College offensive lineman Ian Silberman was taken by the 49ers. (Boston College)

The first Boston College offensive lineman taken in the 2015 NFL draft was not center Andy Gallik. Instead, the 49ers Saturday gave that distinction to BC transfer Ian Silberman. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound right tackle went to San Francisco with the 190th overall pick.

Gallik eventually went 208th overall to the Tennessee Titans with a pick that was acquired from the Patriots in the trade for Akeem Ayers last October.

Silberman transferred to Boston College for the spring (2014) semester after graduating from the University of Florida, following in the path of quarterback Tyler Murphy.

Here’s more on Silberman and Gallik from the Boston College athletic department:

On Gallik:

NOTES: Four-year starting center who has recorded 40 career starts at the position … named Rimington Trophy finalist … two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree (2013, 2014) … voted a team captain.

2014 (SENIOR): Started all 12 regular-season games at center … named one of six Rimington Trophy finalists, awarded to the nation’s top center … earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and second-team honors by the head coaches … also earned All-New England recognition by the area’s writers and named to ESPN.com’s All-ACC Team … earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after leading the Eagles to 452 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns and 506 total yards in the 37-31 upset of No. 9 Southern California (Sept. 13) … graded out at 85 percent and had three knockdowns in the victory.

On Silberman:

2014 (SENIOR): Started all 12 regular-season games at right tackle … competed in 826 plays, 97.8 percent of the Eagles‘ total snaps … earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors voted by the league’s head coaches and earned honorable mention accolades from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association … key member of the offensive line that produced the 14th-best rushing attack in the nation, averaging 251.8 yards per game, second-best in the ACC … the Eagles racked up 500 yards of offensive three times in 2014 and 400 yards twice more … Read the rest of this entry »

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3 incredibly early thoughts on Patriots selection of LB Matthew Wells in fifth round of Saturday’s NFL draft

05.02.15 at 3:44 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of Mississippi State linebacker Matthew Wells in the fifth round (178th overall) of Saturday’s NFL draft.

1) The 6-foot-2, 222-pound linebacker made his bones on the outside while at Mississippi State, playing in 52 games with 33 starts for the Bulldogs. He recorded 165 total tackles, including 22 tackles for loss and six sacks during career. In addition, he was responsible for three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while as a collegian.

2) At the NFL level, he likely projects as an outside linebacker who will work primarily in coverage. In the pre-draft process, he ran a 4.41 and 4.33 40-yard dash. Expect him to work on special teams as well, at least to start his career in Foxboro. His size, youth and skill set suggest that if he knocks it out of the park early, he could be a core special teamer in 2015.

3) Wells is now the fourth Mississippi State player on the roster. The Bulldogs are now tied with Illinois for the second-most alums on the New England roster, at least right now. (Rutgers is tops with five.)

Here are some highlights:

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Patriots take Mississippi State LB Matt Wells with the 178th overall pick

05.02.15 at 3:43 pm ET
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Matthew Wells (22) makes a play this past season. (Getty Images)

Matthew Wells (22) makes a play this past season. (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Patriots went the linebacker route in the sixth round, taking Mississippi State product Matthew Wells with the 178th pick overall.

Wells was considered a speedy linebacker, who became a regular starter in his final two seasons. He played in 52 games with 33 starts, recording 165 total tackles, including 22 tackles for loss and six sacks during career. He was responsible for three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries and graduated in December from Mississippi State after sitting out his freshman year as a redshirt.

Some other notes courtesy the Mississippi State athletic department:

As a senior in 2014, Wells started all 13 games at outside linebacker, notching 45 total tackles and ranked second on the squad in tackles for loss with 8.5, including four sacks and tallied six quarterback hurries, a five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack and two pass breakups in the Sept. 13 win at South Alabama.

2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Starting linebacker who ranked fifth on the squad in tackles with 50 … Started all 13 contests … Tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries with two while racking up 6.0 tackles for loss and one sack … Made initial stop of the year against Oklahoma State (8/31) on Josh Stewart by tossing him for a two-yard loss on the final play of the first quarter … Recovered first career fumble at Auburn (9/14), grabbing a Tre Mason fumble in the third quarter … Registered first sack of the season against Troy (9/21), stopping Deon Anthony for a three-yard loss in the first quarter … Forced a fumble on the play, his first of the campaign and second of career … Tallied two tackles and one for a loss against LSU (10/5) … Tallied six tackles at Texas A&M (11/9), including three on the Aggies’€™ opening drive of the contest … Notched seven tackles against the Alabama, including four third-quarter hits … Recorded seven tackles against Ole Miss (11/28), making four hits during the Rebels’€™ first drive of the second half … Forced a fumble in the Liberty Bowl win over Rice. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 incredibly early thoughts on Patriots selection of LS Joe Cardona in fifth round of Saturday’s NFL draft

05.02.15 at 3:18 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of Navy long snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round (166th overall) of Saturday’s NFL draft.

1) The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Cardona worked out for the Patriots as part of the pre-draft process, and they saw the best collegiate long snapper of 2014. Cardona’s snaps were clocked at 41 mph, reaching the punter’s hands in less than a second. He was the only long snapper invited to the combine.

2) Bill Belichick — whose father served in the Navy and was an assistant coach and scout for the Midshipmen — has always shown a fondness for Navy players (like Kyle Eckel). As a result, while the round might be a surprise, it’s probably not a shock he found his way to Foxboro.

3) Cardona does face an uncertain future, as he has a pending military service commitment — he’s required to serve five years in the Navy as an officer, and will be commissioned in May. There are exceptions (this story from Rick Gosselin explains some of the options that might be available to Cardona) but it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out.

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Patriots take Navy long snapper Joe Cardona in 5th round

05.02.15 at 3:13 pm ET
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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona was the only long snapper invited to the NFL combine. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona was the only long snapper invited to the NFL combine. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — In perhaps the most predictable selection of the draft, Bill Belichick selected Navy long snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round with the 166th overall pick on Saturday.

Belichick made Cardona the first Midshipman player drafted in the NFL since 1995, when the Lions selected tight end Brian Hickman with the 186th overall pick.

WEEI’s Ryan Hannable wrote the following on Cardona in February:

Cardona understands his situation and will do whatever the Navy asks.

“€œWell, anybody who goes to Naval Academy the service commitment is five years,’€ Cardona said. “€œBut there’€™s been exceptions. Ultimately, it’€™s whatever the Navy wants to do with me and I’€™m ready and willing to do whatever they ask.”

He doesn’€™t know what the Navy will ask of him after graduating in May, and doesn’€™t have a timetable for their decision either.

“€œI can’€™t really comment on what their decision is going to be and when it will come,”€ Cardona said. “€œAll I can say is that I’€™m excited for whatever comes next. Getting the opportunity to play football is a dream come true and I hope it comes to fruition. Ultimately, I’€™m excited to serve my country in May as a Naval officer.”

From a Patriots perspective, Cardona said he has actually spoken to Patriots long snapper Danny Aiken.

“€œI’€™ve gotten to meet Danny a couple of times it’€™s been awesome hanging out with him and getting to bounce ideas off of him and really talk about long snapping,” Cardona said.

The Patriots did bring in a long snapper to compete with Aiken this past preseason in Charley Hughlett, so it would not be out of the question to see the Patriots bring in another one this season, even through the draft.

With Cardona’€™s Navy and lacrosse background, as well as Belichick’€™s history in signing Navy players even with their potential commitments, it would not be a total shock to see the Patriots call Cardona’€™s name sometime on draft weekend.

For the full report on Cardona, click here.

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New Patriots edge rusher Trey Flowers draws inspiration from Bobby Boucher

05.02.15 at 2:57 pm ET
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FOXBORO — When it comes to developing his rep as a “high-motor” guy, new Patriots edge defender Trey Flowers says he tried to model his game on Bobby Boucher.

On a conference call with the media on Saturday, New England’s fourth-round pick out of Arkansas said takes a page from “The Waterboy” when it comes to getting after the quarterback.

“I just take myself to a place prior to the game — or within the game — and just take myself to an angry place and use that as fuel to kind of fuel my energy and fuel my passion,” said Flowers. “I actually grew up and fell in love with the game watching ‘The Waterboy’ so I’ve got that visualizing (that) mentality. He just taught me to go crazy out there so I just take myself to a place and just attack as you say.

Does he have a favorite scene?

“I actually imitated this in middle school,” Flowers added with a laugh. “He’s playing middle linebacker and he’s visualizing the quarterback saying something about his momma and he’s walking around going crazy, walking in circles, and then he jumps over the offensive line and hits the quarterback. I think I tried to emulate that in high school and middle school and it worked out.

“I actually did that in middle school one time. I hit somebody and did the little ‘Waterboy’ shriek. I kind of have fun with it a lot.”

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Resetting Patriots picks to this point in 2015 draft

05.02.15 at 2:22 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Here’s a reset on the players the Patriots have selected to this point in the 2015 NFL draft:

1st round — 32nd overall — DL Malcom Brown, Texas
2nd round — 64th overall — S Jordan Richards, Stanford
3rd round — 97th overall — DE/OLB Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma
4th round — 101st overall — DE Trey Flowers, Arkansas
4th round — 111th overall — OL Tre Jackson, Florida State
4th round — 131st overall — OL Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech

Read More: 2015 NFL Draft, Alan Page, Geneo Grissom, Jordan Richards
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