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On Tyrone McKenzie 04.26.09 at 12:14 pm ET
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The Patriots took their first linebacker at No. 97, taking Tyrone McKenzie out of the University of South Florida. (More on McKenzie can be found here and here.) A 6-foot-2, 235-pound outside linebacker who was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection, he finished his senior season with 116 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for a loss. He spent a year each at Michigan State and Iowa State before transferring for his final two years to USF.

The 23-year-old certainly has had to endure a lot in his life — his father Ruppert, passed away when he was nine. “My father died when I was nine and having to become the man of the house helped me mature,” McKenzie said in an interview earlier this year. “It helped me become a man. It helped me on the field as well. It helped me get to the situation I am right now.”

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Patriots take Tyrone McKenzie at No. 97 at 12:01 pm ET
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FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots have taken OLB Tyrone McKenzie out of South Florida with the 97th overall pick. More details to follow.

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Another deal at 11:37 am ET
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The Patriots are trading with the Titans — New England will send its 89th overall pick to Tennesse for the Titans’ second-round pick next season.

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On Brandon Tate at 11:25 am ET
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The Patriots selected wide receiver Brandon Tate out of North Carolina. Tate is a 6-foot, 195-pounder who established an NCAA combined kick-return yardage record (3,523 yards) and was 304 yards shy of the NCAA record for kick return yardage. (Here’s video of him.) However, his career was derailed when he suffered a knee injury against Notre Dame earlier this season and missed the final seven games of the season. Then, at the combine, he apparently tested positive for marijuana.

We’ll have more on him shortly, but here’s a quick bio on him.

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Patriots take Brandon Tate at 11:15 am ET
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FOXBOROUGH — With the 83rd pick, the Patriots select WR Brandon Tate out of North Carolina.

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Pats trade third rounder to Jacksonville at 10:41 am ET
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FOXBOROUGH – The Patriots just announced they have made their third trade of the draft, trading their first of four third-round picks to Jacksonville.

The Patriots will send their 1st of four 3rd round picks (73) to JAX in exchange for 2010 2nd rd pick and a 7th round pick this year (232).

The Jaguars selected CB Derek Cox out of William & Mary with the the 73rd pick.

The three remaining 3rd round picks are at No. 19 (83rd overall), No. 25 (89) and a compensatory at No. 33 (97).

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We are at Gillette again… at 10:04 am ET
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…ready for Day 2 of the NFL Draft. The Patriots have four third-round picks today — the 73rd, 83rd, 89th and 97th picks — as well as one pick each in the fifth (170th overall), sixth (207th overall) and seventh (234th overall), so it should be interesting right off the bat. We’ll have notes, quotes and analysis for you throughout the day today. Keep hitting the blog for more updates.

For those of you looking for a breakdown of the first day, click on my story here.

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