'Shutdown Corner: Talk about your relationship with receivers coach Sanjay Lal - word is, you guys really hit it off in a pre-draft ccouting combine conversation.
Louis Murphy: Yeah, I talked to Sanjay at the combine for awhile. We had talked. I thought they had their receiver who they wanted, so I was just looking for another team. I thought I was going to the Patriots, and the Raiders traded up, traded to that pick. I saw the area code when they called, and I thought, ‘I think I'm going to Cali', so it kind of all happened fast. The Patriots were really interested. Coach Belichick knows [Florida] Coach [Urban] Meyer, and asked a lot about me. I talked with them on the phone. So pretty much when the Patriots came up in the fourth round, I thought that's where I might be going."
Interesting, given the Pats had picked Brandon Tate in the third round, 83rd pick. The Pats picked up Rich Ohrnberger with the pick *above* that Louis Murphy was eventually taken, so if the Pats had their eye on him, he was obviously less important than snagging Ohrnberger. Given how Ohrnberger got two meaningful snaps last season and Murphy got 500 receiving yards, you could argue they should've called Murphy's name (especially when the WR corps fell apart).