Patriots Select Meriweather On Day One

The Patriots made just one pick on Saturday, choosing controversial player Brandon Meriweather. That was the just the beginning of the surprises in store for Pats fans.

With their first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected safety Brandon Meriweather from the University of Miami.

Meriweather is considered a versatile defender who can play multiple positions in the secondary although he's currently listed as a safety. His quickness and coverage skills allowed Miami to move him around as needed.

Head coach Bill Belichick lauded Meriweather's versatility in his Draft day press conference.

"[He was] a versatile player for the University," said Belichick. "He’s played some corner. He’s played some inside nickel position in their sub-defense, played safety, both down and back. I think he’s a real intelligent football player. He has a real good understanding of concepts and some versatility at a high level of competition."

Brandon Meriweather (19) and Rocky McIntosh (50)


Playing for the Patriots is a dream of Meriweather's. "Right now it means the world to me because Coach Belichick, the owner, the GM and all the scouts gave me a chance to live out my dream for one of the best teams in the NFL," he said. "Therefore I am proud and happy to be a part of the New England Patriots."

New England opted to trade their second (slotted) first round pick (28th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers for their fourth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft (110th overall) and the 49ers' first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

New England had no second round pick, which they traded to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Wes Welker. Miami selected Samson Satale, the center from Hawaii.

For their third round pick (90th overall), the Patriots traded it to the Oakland Raiders, who selected Mario Henderson the offensive tackle from Florida State. New England received Oakland's seventh round pick (211th overall) this year, and their third round pick in 2008.

The draft continues Sunday with rounds 4 through 7. New England has 9 picks remaining including the ones acquired via trade on Saturday (Two 4ths, one 5th, four 6ths and two 7ths). Their next pick comes at #110 courtesy of the team's trade with San Francisco.

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