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Patriots deny going after Griffen

04.23.10 at 11:53 pm ET

With USC defensive end/outside linebacker Everson Griffen — a projected first-to-second-round pick — still on the board as the 89th pick approached Friday night, a tweet from the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora made it look like it was just a matter of minutes before the former Trojan would become a Patriot. LaCanfora’s tweet, which said that the Patriots “will be taking Griffen,” was denied by the Patriots after the conclusion of the third round. The Patriots have said they were not on the phone with Griffen prior to trading the 89th choice to the Panthers for a second-round pick in 2011. After the Panthers chose Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards, the Patriots, with Griffen still on the board, took Ohio receiver Taylor Price.

The 6-foot-3 3/8, 273-pound Griffen ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine and had eight sacks for the Trojans in 2009, his junior season. A lack of consistency and motivation, which have been red flags for him throughout the draft process, may be the reason for his tumble.

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