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New England Patriots Links 5/01/11 - Weekend Bonus Links: Is it 'Mayday!' on May Day?

Mike Rodak recaps the Patriots' nine selections in this year's draft.

* Round 1, 17th overall -- OT Nate Solder (Colorado)

* Round 2, 33rd overall -- CB Ras-I Dowling (Virginia)

* Round 2, 56th overall -- RB Shane Vereen (California)

* Round 3, 73rd overall -- RB Stevan Ridley (LSU)

* Round 3, 74th overall -- QB Ryan Mallett (Arkansas)

* Round 5, 138th overall -- OL Marcus Cannon (TCU)

* Round 5, 159th overall -- TE Lee Smith (Marshall)

* Round 6, 194th overall -- OLB/DE Markell Carter (Central Arkansas)

* Round 7, 219th overall -- CB/S/ST Malcolm Williams (TCU)

Bill Belichick addresses the media following the final day of the Draft.

We've got another one in the books here. We started off the day kind of waiting through that fourth round. When Marcus Cannon was on the board there in the fifth, we felt like that was a good value for that pick. He's a very highly-rated player and obviously we felt comfortable enough to take him at that point, so that was that. Lee Smith was an outstanding blocker at Marshall. Actually, I crossed paths with his father when I was at Cleveland the first season there. We finished up with Markell [Carter] who has had a very productive career at a smaller school. And then of course, Malcolm [Williams], a fast, physical back that has been very productive in the kicking game. That's where we're at. Now we're kind of in a different mode for right now. We'll see how all that works out. This is one step in the team building process. I'm sure there will be others to come, but maybe not for a while. We'll just have to wait and see.

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