After trading out of round one (29th), the New England Patriots were busy on day 2 with acquiring the 'value' players they've been scouting for months.
Don't worry if you've never heard of these guys; the Patriots know them well.
52. Jamie Collins, OLB Southern Miss. – 0-12 Southern Miss. had quite a diamond in the rough in 2013. He stoodout from the rest with 10 sacks in his senior year. He's a native of Hattiesburg, MS, Brett Favre's hometown. It’s motivation and it’s adversity,” Collins said in a conference call after being selected. “I felt like I had to play hard every game just because we were losing... I felt like that was going to draw a lot of attention to me to see how I played, despite the fact that we went 0-12.”
59. Aaron Dobson, WR Marshall – Dobson extends the line of Marshall receivers who played for the Pats, which includes Troy Brown and Randy Moss. At Marshall, he had 165 receptions for 2,398 yards and 24 touchdowns. Among his achievements was MVP of the 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, and was also named 2nd team All-Conference USA, with an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
83. Logan Ryan, CB and 91. S Duron Harmon, both from Rutgers – The two joing fellow Rutgers standout Devin McCourty in the secondary. The thought here is build on the familiarity they already have with each other, which should pay dividends if both come to play. The two rookies are close friends and workout partners, and are well-acquainted with McCourty's family and each others as well. Welcome to Rutgers North.