Newswire: UDFAs, Draft picks & NFL news

News from around the web include; a closer look at the Patriots' top two draft picks; more Patriot UDFA signings; an NFL team in Los Angeles getting closer; and a Hollywood star's son in the NFL.

A lot can be learned about New England's top two draft picks that aren't in the Wonderlic tests or college stats, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Just check out Chad Jackson is, as he reports, "a cool down to earth guy." Laurence Maroney's Myspace is am entirely different story.

Bill Belichick's prized first-round draft pick and the man already being anointed by some as the savior of the New England Patriots' running game, revealed that he sometimes doesn't follow orders accorging to a report in the Patriot Ledger. Just ask Minnesota's Coach Glen Mason.

Prior to their top Draft pick picture-taking session at Foxborough, the Patriots faced a potentially awkward situation reports the Hartford Courant. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and son Jonathan escorted Maroney and Jackson onto the field for the photo-op. The elder Kraft gave Maroney the '1' Patriots jersey to hold for the cameras, but there was no jersey for Jackson. The Patriots resolved the issue by handing the Florida receiver a warm Patriots coat while Kraft welcomed the southern native to the chilly climes of New England.

New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft, right, and his son Jonathan Kraft, left, introduce to the media their number one draft pick University of Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney, center right, and their number two draft pick, University of Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, May 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)

The annual mad dash to sign undrafted rookies immediately after the Draft continues. Patriots Insider reports the New England Patriots are one of those teams actively sifting through the list to find the players they need. Many of these UDFAs are just happy to have an opportunity to compete for a job in the NFL.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger went before an 11 man committee headed by Paul Tagliabue and asked that not one, but two NFL teams be located in the Los Angeles area, (link). "One team is our immediate goal." Tagliabue said, "Long term, I think two is a realistic goal."

Hollywood actor Denzel Washington's son has signed with the Rams. John David Washington, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back was among 10 undrafted players signed by the Rams. Washington played for Division II Morehouse College last year and had a school-record 1,198 yards with a 5.6-yard average and nine touchdowns, and added 10 receptions for 69 yards in his senior year. He also ended his career as the school's single-game (242 yards) and career (3,699) leading rusher.

Former Patriot and first-round draft pick Chris Canty is being assigned to the Dorados arenafootball2 club according to the Texas Monitor. The WR/DB played just four seasons in the NFL. He spent time with the Patriots, Seahawks and the Saints before leagine the league for Arena football.

More news on UDFAs signing with the team. The latest addition includes Gemara Williams, a defender from the University of Buffalo. You can keep up with the latest signings as Patriots Insider regulars have been tracking reports from around the web in the forums (here). Patriots Insider and have been tracking player transactions here in the Insider's Lounge. (Members link)

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