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Sunday, April 24, 2005 

Treasure hunting

The Patriots had a solid draft yesterday, taking OL Logan Mankins in the first round, then trading down from their second pick to gather two extra choices. By trading their second-round choice to the Ravens, the Patriots picked up Baltimore's third and sixth-round selections this year and a third-rounder in the 2006 draft. That gave the Patriots with two third-round picks yesterday, and 7 more choices for today. More picks is always a good thing.

Mankins played left tackle in college but can also play guard - flexibility that Belichick likes. The two third-round picks are intriguing, but who knows for sure? Ellis Hobbs is an undersized (5-9, 192) cornerback, and tackle Nick Kaczur comes from the unheralded Mid-American conference.

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