Patriots select Mankins in first round

Surpsing the “experts”, as usual, the Patriots selected offensive lineman Logan Mankins of Fresno State with their first-round pick (No. 32) overall.

Early reports in the local media:
* Bryan Morry writes that he was “stunned” with the Patriots’ pick.
* Mike Reiss has quotes on Mankins from Bill Belichick in his Reiss’ Pieces blog.

Random Quote

You guys called us old, over. I read some of your pathetic articles and some of your lousy analysis. It’s opinion and obviously you don’t know what drives us. We thank y’all for those articles, appreciate it because it lit a fire under us. One of the hardest things I’ve always said in this league is to create chemistry.

— Kevin Garnett, 4/18/12