Patriots Draft Two Rutgers DBs

Rutgers continued its NFL draft tradition Friday night with two defensive backs heading to an already Rutgers-heavy New England Patriots roster. The Patriots used consecutive third-round picks on cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon.

Logan Ryan entered Friday with third-round value and was a logical fit for the New England Patriots at No. 83 overall. But the ever crafty Bill Belichick shocked everyone eight picks later by choosing safety Duron Harmon.

Harmon entered the weekend expected to be a late-round pick or free agent prospect, but showed enough in the evaluation process to garner a second-day selection by the Patriots. Already a Rutgers-heavy roster, Harmon and Ryan join Devin McCourty in the New England secondary and Justin Francis on the defense.

Ryan and Harmon were a part of an impressive 2009 recruiting class for then Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and both learned under McCourty as true freshmen. Ryan and Harmon were second and seventh respectively in tackles for Rutgers this season and each started 13 games in the secondary.

Both were 2011 teammates with long snapper Steve Belichick, a Patriots assistant and son of the head coach.

Heading to day three of the NFL draft, Rutgers eyes fall on linebacker Khaseem Greene, who had second- or third-round value entering the draft. Greene did not hear his name called Friday but is one of the unanimous top prospects available in the fourth round.

NFL Combine participants Mark Harrison, Steve Beauharnais, Jawan Jamison and D.C. Jefferson remain names to watch along with late-round hopefuls Scott Vallone, R.J. Dill, Brandon Jones and Marcus Cooper.

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