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Mike Reiss offers his thoughts on the Patriots drafting a running back in the first round.

I went back through Bill Belichick's drafting history in New England and Cleveland and he's done it twice (Tommy Vardell in 1992, Laurence Maroney in 2006) and those players were not hits. I don't think that would stop him from taking Mark Ingram if that opportunity was there, but it is something to consider. I think most are in agreement that the biggest thing this team needs in the draft is an improvement to the pass rush. So that should be priority No. 1, but if it's a force at No. 17, and Ingram is the best value/choice based on the scouting process, I'd make the pick knowing that pass-rush help is coming over the next few picks.

If not a RB in round 1, I think it's 2 or 3. I see this as the year the Patriots draft a running back for the first time since 2007.

Zoltan Mesko was a guest on ESPN's First Take, talking about his "lockout job" doing an internship for Graham Partners, a Philadelphia-based equity firm.

"I’m just putting my degree to use," the Michigan graduate said. "One day football is going to end for all of us. I’m just trying to land on my feet once it’s all over, once it’s all said and done. I just want to hit it running once it finally ends."

Mesko rises around 5:30 a.m. to get in a workout, before heading to work. At noon, he skips out to practice his punting.

"Around lunchtime, I’ll sneak out for a little punting session, so hopefully, I won’t get in trouble with my boss," Mesko said. "I finish the day around 8 or 9 o’clock, then do it all over again. So I’m a big fan of routines."

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  • Tim Graham (ESPN) Draft Watch: AFC East.
  • First Take (ESPN) Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko was a guest on ESPN's First Take this morning, talking about his unique offseason. (5:11 min. video)
  • Path to the Draft (NFL.com) Why the Patriots are consistently successful each year in the draft. (3.49 min. video)
  • Michael Lombardi (NFL.com) Who I love, who worries me, what baffles me in this draft.
  • Tim Graham (ESPN) "The Brady 6" documentary reminds us what Pennington could do.
  • Peter Schrager (Fox Sports) Could Ricky Stanzi be the next Tom Brady?

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