University of Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney became the New England Patriots' first round draft choice. As reported by Patriots Insider, Maroney will help fill the team's need to establish some youth behind veteran Corey Dillon.
"I didn't see it coming," Maroney told The Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I interviewed with New England and went on a visit, but I knew they had [Kevin] Faulk and Corey Dillon. I didn't see them picking up a running back."
Maroney was attending to some business in the men's room during his draft party at a Boys and Girls Club near his St. Louis home yesterday when his sister came in with a telephone and the Patriots on the line, the Boston Globe reported.
University of Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson became the Patriots' second round draft choice. In a trade with the Green Bay Packers moving up to the 36th spot overall, the Patriots' Insider reports that Jackson was targeted by the team to replace the departed David Givens who joined the Tennessee Titans as a free agent. The Patriots were involved with the Packers to acquire disgruntled Packer wide receiver Javon Walker this past week, but that deal never transpired.
University of Texas tight end David Thomas became the Patriots' third round draft choice. Patriots' Insider states that the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Thomas apparently will have a chance to grow and learn the system behind a pair of former first-round draft selections, TE Dan Graham and TE Ben Watson.
The Associated Press reports that the New York Jets selected Virginia left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft bypassing Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart. There were mostly cheers from the fans in green and white assembled the Radio City Music Hall. The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Ferguson was considered the best pass blocker available, and will have a chance to start immediately on a revamped offensive line.
Yahoo Sports summarizes Saturday's winners and losers. The Houston Texans by selecting Mario Williams and not selecting Reggie Bush are in a rare position to be both a winner and a loser. Some of the winners include the Arizona Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, while the Washington Redskins along with USC are in the losing column.
John Chick, Utah State's defensive end, is a diamond in the rough as reported by Jon Scott managing editor of the Patriots Insider. Chick, who played defensive end for the Aggies, moved to outside linebacker his junior season when the coaching staff switched to a 3-4 base defense. While he prefers to play as a defensive lineman, he felt that just being on the field is the most important part. "I love coming off the edge as a defensive end," Chick said, "I also enjoyed the experience of having to drop back occasionally and making plays in the secondary."
The Rest of today's newswire: Sunday Wire