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Patriots Draft Brandon Tate With 83rd Pick

The Patriots used the 83rd selection in the NFL Draft to select WR Brandon Tate from North Carolina. Tate is both a pass-catcher and prolific kick returner, so he provides some versatility. They had a need at WR, but the pick is certainly an interesting one for Bill Belichick.

Brandon Tate tested positive for marijuana during the NFL Combine in February, so he enters the league into the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.

He also is recovering from multiple torn ligaments in his knee, but should make a full recovery. If healthy and clean, Tate would have been a first round pick, so Belichick may have made a nice value pick here.

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  1. Patriots Draft Brandon Tate With 83rd Pick: The Patriots used the 83rd selection in the NFL Draft to select WR B.. http://tinyurl.com/dyezl8

    Posted by Sports of Boston | April 26, 2009, 1:44 pm
  2. Skilled WR, but has some questions with the injury and the Combine positive test. As one of the ESPN analysts said last night, the Combine Drug Test is as much an intelligence test as anything else and I think that’s spot on. Unlike the regular testing, which can be a surprise, you KNOW you’re being tested at the Combine. They must see football acumen in him :)

    Posted by Mike | April 26, 2009, 3:29 pm

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