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

Could that Brady/Patriots window, just like the Celtics, be closed for good?

The colossal second-coming of Joe Montana, once a perfect 10-0 and then 14-2 in the postseason, needed a Tim Tebow tumble to reality and a choke for the ages by Baltimore’s Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff — just to pick up a couple playoff wins.

— Hector Longo, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, 6/15/12