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

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots closed out their draft Saturday with a pair of defensive players, including a third player from Rutgers.

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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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PATRIOTS DRAFT PICKS

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

 

 

With the 226th pick, New England grabbed Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan, a tall athletic sack master. He had 14 sacks in 46 career games and 26 tackles for loss.

Strong and quick to the ball, Buchanan goes 6-foot-6 and weighs 250 pounds.

With their final pick, at 235, the Patriots took their third Rutgers product: linebacker Steve Beauharnais.

At 6-1, 240 pounds, Beauharnais had a strong showing at the Combine to back up a solid career.

He finished with 83 tackles on the Scarlet Knights last year, third on the team.

The Patriots took a wide receiver with the 102nd pick. New England took Josh Boyce of Texas Christian University with the fifth pick of the fourth round, a selection it acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade on Thursday.

Boyce is considered an intriguing pick. At 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, he is extremely strong and has great hands. He was also very impressive at the NFL Combine, where he was considered one of the best performers in his group.

He ran a 4.38 seconds 40, had 22 bench press reps, ran a 6.68 seconds 3 cone drill and a 4.10 seconds short shuttle.

He had 22 career touchdown passes with 2,532 yards.

Boyce was a high school teammate of Robert Griffin III and many expected the Washington Redskins to make a move for him in the draft.

Friday night, the Patriots appeared to address all their off-season concerns one-by-one.

They needed another pass rusher, so the Patriots took Jamie Collins, a sack machine from Southern Mississippi, with the 52nd pick -- one they got from the Vikings.

Needing a wide receiver who they hope can open up the offense, they used the 59th pick to take Aaron Dobson of Marshall, a highlight-reel receiver who caught 24 career touchdowns.

Their pass defense ranked 29th of 32 teams last year, so the Patriots looked to shore up the secondary by taking cornerback Logan Ryan from Rutgers -- a physical defender who has great ball skills -- with the 83rd pick.

And then, to the surprise of many, the Patriots dipped into the Scarlet Knights' secondary again and took Ryan's teammate, safety Duron Harmon, with the 91st pick.

When the night was over, Coach Bill Belichick had a satisfied look.

"I think we were about to improve our team tonight with the four players we selected," said Belichick, wearing a navy blue Watertown Police Department hoodie that had the Patriots' logo on it as well. "We'll see how it all comes together, but I think we got good value for our picks, good players. They have a lot of things going for them. We'll see how it all works out."

Of course, nothing is certain about the NFL draft. First-round picks sometimes fade quickly into oblivion. Seventh-round picks sometimes become Pro Bowl players.

Belichick knows this, but he also knows what he likes.

He interviewed each of the four players the Patriots drafted Friday night. And while he dismissed the importance of those interviews -- saying they are just a piece of a puzzle that has a lot of pieces -- he also got an insight into the intelligence and personality of the players.

The Patriots have a complex system, offensively and defensively, and not everyone can get it. Just ask Chad Ochocinco, a longtime Belichick favorite who was banished after one year because he couldn't grasp the offense.

The Patriots drafted athletes. Collins was a quarterback in high school, played safety as a freshman, linebacker the next two years and, essentially, defensive end last year.

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