Meet Logan Mankins, the Patriots' newest first-round draft pick. Mr. Mankins, Logie if you're nasty, is the 6' 4", 320 lb. replacement for Joe Andruzzi.
According to his player bio, Mankins has been effective when healthy, but also seems alarmingly injury prone; he missed the entire 2003 season with a knee injury from preseason practice. Yikes.
The Pats loaded up (if you'll pardon the choice of words) on linemen this draft, also picking Nick Kaczur, whose name alone will confuse the shit out of defensive linemen looking to talk trash.
Bringing up the rear are safety James Sanders, outside linebacker Ryan Claridge (who has a tough row to hoe, since he will NEVER BE TEDY), an inexplicable choice of a quarterback, Matt Cassell, and perhaps the most heartwarming story of all, Andy Stokes, a tight end out of William Penn who was the dead-last pick in the draft--otherwise known as "Mr. Irrelevant:"
Stokes will be center stage at the 30th annual Mr. Irrelevant Week, a bash starting June 20 at Newport Beach, Calif. He'll attend banquets, take part in a parade and get the Lowsman Trophy, the Mr. Irrelevant Week's answer to the Heisman Trophy.
We take the rejects. We sift through the bargain bins. None of our picks ranked above a 3.6 on SI's prospect grading system. All have snarky notes in their player profiles like the following:
Bends at the waist, lacks adjustment and looks stiff. Lacks top footwork sliding off the edge and cannot redirect the linebackers at the next level...Not a big, strong sturdy corner and out-muscled by opponents. Gets blocked out of the action and loses out in battles...Not big or strong and has tackles broken. Slow reading the action and does not display top instincts...Does not play with great control and slow redirecting to ballcarriers...
In other words, it looks as though the Patriots have harvested a bumper crop of future champions.