Saturday, April 25, 2009

A linebacker will be there

Connor Barwin? Clay Matthews? Rey Maualuga?

With the Lions' selection of tight end Brandon Pettigrew, the Patriots now are guaranteed to have at least one of those three left on the board when their No. 23 selection comes around.

Saying that, of course, they'll probably draft UConn's Donald Brown -- the one guy to whom mock drafters have flocked even though the Patriots demonstrated a year ago that they can win without a top-flight running back.

(The Patriots' Twitter feed says they're fielding calls about trades. Who knows?)

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