Newswire 5/1: The Draft, UDFAs & Flutie news

News from around the web include; a summary of the New England Patriots 2006 draft; a look at grading the teams on their selections; UDFA's agreeing in principle with the Patriots; Doug Flutie's retirement; and cheerleader tryouts for the 2006 Patriots' squad.

The New England Patriots selected 10 rookies this weekend in the 71st NFL draft. Patriots Insider recaps each draft pick with links to each players bio, profile, scouting report, pick analysis, interviews, press conferences and much more. Use this as your starting point to find out more about each Patriots Draft selection in the 2006 NFL Draft.

The draft is history and it is time to see how each of the teams scored with their selections. Fox Sports grades each team on a scale from 'A+' to 'F'. With the addition of Laurence Maroney, Chad Jackson and the other additions to the Patriots squad, they received a 'B-'.

One possible reason for a low score is that Maroney is a runner, not a pass blocker or a receiver.

With many of the undrafted rookies still looking to be signed, Patriots' Insider is reporting that Keon Jackson has agreed in principle with the New England Patriots. Jackson, a 5' 11" 180 lbs safety from Toledo, is viewed as a potential special teams player.

Patriots Insider is reporting that Corey Bramlet has agreed to terms with the Patriots. A 6'4" 218 lbs quarterback from Wyoming, Bramlet is viewed as a potential practice squad player.

Freddie Roach also has agreed in principle with the Patriots according to a league source.

New England Patriot quarterback Doug Flutie has decided to call it quits. Sources tell CBS4Boston that Flutie is going to call Bill Belichick Monday morning -- and unless Belichick talks him out of it -- Flutie is leaving the Patriots to join the Broadcast booth. There are already major networks after him.

Tryouts were held to fill the 12 openings for the Patriot's cheerleader squad. One of the contestants had this to say. "I don't think the routine was that hard to learn. I just have trouble remembering to smile. For me, that's the hard part because I'm so busy thinking about what I'm doing," said Melissa Burns of Franklin. The 23-year-old contestant was trying out for the squad for the second time and felt hopeful, the Milford Daily News reports.

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