April 27, 2013

Pats close out draft with two defensive players

New England takes defensive end Michael Buchanan of Illinois and linebacker Steve Beauhamais of Rutgers.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jamie Collins played for Southern Mississippi on a winless team last season. But when he had a chance for a sack, he got it. The Pats noticed, and drafted him.

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Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson

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Second round

52. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi

59. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

Third round

83. Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

91. Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers

Remaining picks

4th round: No. 102

7th: Nos. 226, 229, 235



He had 10 sacks last year, 20 tackles for losses. For his career he had 21 sacks. Collins also displayed a perseverance Belichick loves. His team didn't win a game last year, but that didn't stop him from playing his best.

"It's motivation and adversity," said Collins. "Everybody has to deal with adversity. I felt I had to play hard every game because we were losing."

Dobson -- joining Troy Brown and Randy Moss as former Marshall receivers with the Patriots -- was an outstanding high school basketball player who visited Northeastern University in Boston as a basketball recruit.

He scored 24 career touchdowns and, according to team stats, didn't drop a pass in 92 targets as a senior.

Asked about the possibility of playing with Tom Brady, he audibly gasped and said, "Oh man, you can't beat that. He's the best quarterback in the league."

Asked about drafting two defensive backs from the same school, Belichick said the Rutgers defense was outstanding and they were a big part of it.

Based on Ryan's conference call, the Patriots got an extremely intelligent and confident cornerback.

While Harmon admitted to being surprised he went in the third round -- no one had any video clips on him -- Ryan said he was ready for his name to be called by the Patriots.

"The Patriots were one of the teams that worked me out and I knew that they needed a corner," he said. "I felt like I was the guy for them all along. They have a great Rutgers connection but beyond that, I'm a smart, versatile player and can do well in that organization. I think I was the perfect fit."

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