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A closer look at the 48th overall pick

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A closer look at the 48th overall pick

If the Patriots can do as well with the 48th pick in 2012 as they did in 2001, they'll be more than satisfied.

Back in 2001, the Patriots traded up to 48 to jump ahead of the New York Jets to grab Matt Light who locked down the left tackle spot for the last 11 seasons. Strong murmurs of Light's retirement this offseason remain but that's been a pick that's served them very well.

Here's a look at the other players selected at No. 48 since April 2000.

2000
Jason Webster, CB, Texas A&M (49ers)
Had an eight-year career that started in San Fran and ended in New England. Was a starter for the Niners until 2002 before going to Atlanta. His final three seasons, he played in just 12 games including three for the Patriots in 2008.

2001
Matt Light, LT, Purdue (Patriots)
A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro for the Patriots. He's been the best left tackle in franchise history.

2002
Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida (Chargers)
Never really did much for the Chargers catching just 76 balls in four seasons in San Diego. In his one year with the Patriots (2006), he became the Patriots go-to wideout with 61 catches and four touchdowns but his case of the drops in the AFC Championship game against the Colts is a lasting image. He played just one more season in the league after that with 15 catches for the Redskins in 2007.

2003
Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska (Bills)
Has had a very nice nine-year career with the Bills, only playing fewer than 16 games twice (14 in 2007, 12 in 2011). Had five sacks for the Bills last year at the age of 32. Has 30.5 career sacks.

2004
Dontarrious Thomas, OLB, Auburn (Vikings)
Made 10 starts and had 1.5 sacks in a disappointing five-year career with the Vikings.

2005
Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia (Bengals)
Played one year with the Bengals and actually was pretty good. Then a litany of alcohol problems, missed drug tests and assault arrests got him suspended. Was suspended indefinitely by the league after the 2008 season.

2006
Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas (Vikings)
Spent six seasons with the Vikings before signing with the Redskins this past offseason. Started 63 of 76 games since 2007. Solid tackler who has just eight career picks.

2007
Justin Durant, LB, Hampton (Jaguars)
Played his first four seasons with the Jags and was a decent linebacker there. Signed with the Lions in 2011 where he made 59 tackles in 13 games.

2008
Fred Davis, TE, USC (Redskins)
Pass-catching tight end out of USC who was franchised this offseason after being suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season after repeatedly failing drug tests. Had 59 catches for the Skins in 12 games last year.

2009
Darcel McBath, DB, Texas Tech (Broncos)
Played in 13 games as a rookie and seven as a second-year player. Was released by Denver last September and played one game with Jacksonville in 2011. Has one career start and 28 tackles.

2010
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (Panthers)
Started 10 games in his rookie season with the Panthers, going 1-9 with three TDs and nine picks. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton last year and Clausen got into two games without throwing a pass. The one-time Notre Dame phenom has an upward climb to stay in the league.

2011
Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State (Raiders)
Started all 16 games last year for the Raiders and looks to be a promising pro..

Indy columnist rips Colts for Josh McDaniels hire

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Indy columnist rips Colts for Josh McDaniels hire

Gregg Doyel hates Josh McDaniels. 

That's the only takeaway one can have after reading Doyel's latest column in the Indy Star, anyway. In it, Doyel writes that McDaniels, who is expected to be hired as Colts head coach, already got his chance to prove his chops as a head coach in Denver and showed he stinks. 

Writes Doyel: 

We get a clean slate just once, same as Josh McDaniels, and his came in 2009 when he was hired to coach the Denver Broncos. And in less than two years he spray-painted so much graffiti on there that the Broncos fired him for a variety of reasons, so take your pick: his abrasive personality, his horrific judgment of talent, his team’s penchant for losing games, or those broken NFL rules.

Here in Indianapolis, where Josh McDaniels is about to be entrusted with our city’s crown jewel – he’s expected to be the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts – are we to pretend Denver didn’t happen?

Doyel also refers to a 2013 quote from former Broncos punter Mitch Berger, who compared playing for McDaniels to playing for an "equipment manager" and called him a "punk." Then there's this from Doyel, who likes where Berger's going with the "punk" talk: 

I still can’t believe this is happening. Can’t believe McDaniels will soon be hired by the Colts, and entrusted with Andrew Luck. Can’t believe he was the hottest commodity on the coaching market this fall. McDaniels is Lane Kiffin to me, an arrogant young punk who ascended rapidly after Daddy got him a cherry first job in coaching – McDaniels’ father, Ohio high school legend Thom McDaniels, was friends with Nick Saban, who hired Josh as a grad assistant at Michigan State in 1999 – and who kept getting promoted to the point of failure.

This isn't the first time Doyel has had a take critical of the Patriots, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised. But he for sure hates Josh McDaniels. 
 

Brady in a stew over Jags-just-another-tomato-can talk

Brady in a stew over Jags-just-another-tomato-can talk

Don’t let Tom Brady hear your nonsensical takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars. This “tomato can” is packed with all the essential elements to give the Pats QB fits.

“This is the biggest challenge we've faced all year,” Brady said Tuesday during his weekly interview with Kirk and Callahan on WEEI. “We've had a good offense. They've had the best defense. And that's always a challenge when you go up against those guys. When you watch them play over the course of the whole season, you can see why. There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw, and I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. And they're aggressive. They take chances. They get a lot of turnovers. They got a really good scheme, and the quarterback is just under pressure all day. Unless you get opened very quickly, there’s a lot of sacks and sacks turns into long yardage and long yardage turns into punts . . . "

Brady spent hours on Monday pouring over film to familiarize himself with a Jags team that he last saw in the preseason.

“There’s a reason why they’re in this game,” he said. “They’re the best team we’ve faced all season and if we don’t play our best, we’re not going to advance.”

That’s why Brady won’t allow himself to be distracted by all that comes with advancing to this point, or even the lingering stench of that ESPN/Seth Wickersham article. Who’s got time for that when there is so much on the line?

“This is a long time we’ve committed to each other since we came back together in April,” he said. “April, May, all those months committed to training and walkthroughs and practices and games and injuries and the emotion -- I don’t think we’re going to let anything get in the way of this week. I think the coach -- Coach [Bill] Belichick -- he does so many great things. One thing is he sets the best tone for the players because he knows what it takes to compete at this level without -- there’s more hype surrounding the game, there’s more distractions, there’s more people, there’s more people covering the game, there’s more to talk about it but we’re focused on our job . . . The hype only gets bigger from here so we just gotta stay focused on what we need to do.”

The Jags have obviously done a good job on that front as well. There is no way they’d be at this point, on this stage, without not only talent but that singular focus. Of course with some youth comes some exuberance and Jalen Ramsey’s comments to about 10,000 fans Sunday night has been a topic of conversation on sports radio and television and even in the Patriots’ locker room.

Brady doesn’t believe that’s something that would ever come out of Foxboro, but he’s not publicly shaming Ramsey either.

“What i’ve learned over a long time is it’s how you play, it’s not what you say," Brady said. "Everyone has different ways of handling things. We do what works for us.”

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