Looking at the Patriots 2012 draft class and their representation
|04.30.12 at 12:22 pm ET|
Here’s a look at who will be representing each one of New England’s seven draft picks at the negotiating table:
Chandler Jones: The former Syracuse defensive end is repped by the agency of Lock, Metz, Malinovic and Panos, a group that had 13 athletes selected in the NFL draft, including three in the first round. Part of their team is former NFL offensive lineman Joe Panos, a veteran who some Patriots fans might remember as being in training camp in 2001 for a few days before ultimately deciding to retire.
Dont’a Hightower: Hightower, taken with the 25th overall pick, is represented by Pat Dye, Jr., of SportsTrust Advisors. SportsTrust had 10 clients selected in the draft, according to Darren Heitner of the Sports Agent Blog, but the Alabama linebacker was their only first-round pick.
Tavon Wilson: The Illinois defensive back lists Integrated Sports Management as his agency. ISM has repped a few former Patriots, including Shun White and Kyle Eckel.
Jake Bequette: The defensive lineman out of Arkansas is represented by Athletes First, a group that had 13 clients taken in the NFL draft, including four in the first round. Athletes First is an extremely well-known agency around New England, as they represent several current Patriots, including Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Nate Solder, Shane Vereen, Zoltan Mesko, Ryan Mallett and Brian Waters.
Nate Ebner: As of right now, Ebner’s representation is not known. Ebner is a defensive back and former rugby star out of Ohio State.
Alfonzo Dennard: The cornerback out of Nebraska is also repped by Athletes First. If Waters does return and both Dennard and Bequette stick, that would make 10 players from Athletes First on the New England roster, far and away the largest number for any agency.
Jeremy Ebert: Ebert, a wide receiver from Northwestern, lists Priority Sports as his representation, a group that had 13 players taken in the draft this month, according to Heitner.