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

However, it’s nice to see that Belichick is still feisty. He just turned 60 years old and it’s been seven seasons (going on eight) since the Patriots last won the big one. Three rings bought a lot of good will, but even he has to realize that the bank account’s getting low.

— Mark Farinella, Sun-Chronicle, 6/17/12