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Potential Patriots draftees: Gabe Carimi

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Potential Patriots draftees: Gabe Carimi

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

Heading into the NFL draft, Tom E. Curran plans a series oflooks at potential Patriots draftees. Today's player:Gabe Carimi

Gabe Carimi, 6-7, 314OT,Wisconsin

The Skinny:After an injury-plagued junior season, the cocksure Carimi came back in 2010 and won the Outland Trophy, an award given annually to the best interior lineman (defense or offense) in the country. Carimi was part of a bludgeoning rushing attack for the Badgers. He demonstrated excellent smarts and toughness and a willingness to play through the inevitable dings an offensive lineman will deal with. With the Patriots needing to soon hire the successor to Matt Light at left tackle - or do some shuffling to get Sebastian Vollmer over there from right tackle- they will need a new guy. With BC's Anthony Castonzo and USC's Tyron Smith seemingly stacking up as the most attractive LTs in the draft, that will leave Carimi on the board for New England later in the first round.

Gotta Have Him:Smart, very confident and the kind of player you can probably expect a long and stable career from. Carimi takes football seriously and cares about the craft. He said at the NFL Combine that he's the best left tackle prospect in the draft. Bless his bearded heart for thinking so. He's also played very well against talented competition in the Big Ten.

Don't Need Him:The Patriots' offensive linemen have a unique vibe as a unit. They are very self-effacing, almost shy. Carimi came off as a blowhard at the Combine. An interesting blowhard, a funny blowhard, but a blowhard. Offensive lines are unique battalions and you don't want to upset the group with a dingbat. On-field, it will be a bit of a challenge to figure where best to play Carimi. He thinks he's a left tackle but, as our buddy Wes Bunting at National Football Post points out, he's so much better suited for the right side.

Forecast: Says Bunting, "People think he's a right tackle only. Ideally, he's a right tackle but he can play on the left. He's got strong hands, understands angles and - while he'snot the best of athletes - he's talented. He's a Pro Bowl caliber player on the right side. He's probably adequate on the left. For a team like the Patriots, I'd let him get after it in the run game." The Patriots need to determine whether Carimi is versatile enough for them and whether his personality and skill set fits their team Bunting isn't sure Carimi's boastfulness will be an issue past the draft. "Right now, he is Gabe Carimi the prospect. He seems a good enough guy that he'll be able to read the atmosphere of a team and won't be a diva. He's trying to sell himself right now. In a goodlocker roomlike New England, Baltimore or Pittsburgh, he should be fine."
Patriots Draftability: 7

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Belichick remembers Glenn: 'A good person with good intentions'

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Belichick remembers Glenn: 'A good person with good intentions'

Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996, died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43. 

Bill Belichick coached Glenn as an assistant with the Patriots during Glenn's rookie season. He was later Glenn's head coach in 2000 and 2001. Belichick traded Glenn to the Packers before the 2002 season after a tumultuous run in New England that involved legal trouble, injuries and clashes with the coaching staff.

During a conference call with reporters soon after the news of Glenn's death was published, Belichick remembered Glenn for his natural physical ability and "a good heart."

"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said, "and his rookie season was my first year here in '96, and so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry's a very smart individual. Had a lot of, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think he was deep down inside a good person with good intentions and, you know, a good heart. Obviously it's very unfortunate. Very unfortunate passing. I mean, it's a sad day. Sad news."

According to reports, Glenn was with his fiancee at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

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Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

Drew Bledsoe was among the ex-Patriots taking to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.

Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.

Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:

 

Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.