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Patriots Pick Golden Bear; Draft Cal Back Shane Vereen At 56

A Young, Versatile Version Of Kevin Faulk?

Height: 5-10 ¼ | Weight: 210 | 40-Time: 4.50

NFL Scout’s Breakdown On Shane Vereen:

Draft Scout Snapshot: #5 Junior RB Projected: Round(s) 2-3 for 2012 NFL Draft
2010: Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in his final collegiate season (also first-team by Phil Steele, second-team according to as a junior in when he started all 12 games and finished the regular season ranked among the best in the Pac-10 and the nation in both rushing and scoring … totals of 1,167 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns on the ground and 231 carries were all single-season career bests, while his 5.1 yards per rush average narrowly trailed the single-season career-best 5.2 average he posted in 2009 … ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally with an average of 97.25 rushing yards per game at the end of the regular season, while his 96 points on 16 total touchdowns ranked him tied for fifth in the Pac-10 and tied for 42nd nationally with an average of 8.00 points per game …Finished third on the team with three touchdown catches, as well as fourth with 209 receiving yards … his combination of rushing and receiving made him the Pac-10’s fifth-leading all-purpose runner and 55th nationally through the end of the regular season with an average of 114.67 all-purpose yards per game (1,376 total all-purpose yards) …2009: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition despite spending most of the season as a backup to Heisman Trophy candidate and 2010 NFL Draft first-round pick Jahvid Best … led the Bears with 952 yards rushing … voted by teammates as Cal’s offensive Bear Backers Co-MVP along with Best … scored 12 touchdowns on the ground to equal Best for the team lead and 14 overall to rank second overall behind Best’s 16 scores … played in all 13 games with four starts, including three of the last four contests (vs. Arizona, at Stanford, Poinsettia Bowl vs. Utah) after Best suffered a season-ending injury vs. Oregon State, with his only non-start coming at Washington when he was not on the field for the first offensive play … totaled 566 rushing yards on 108 carries and six rushing touchdowns over the final four games, averaging 141.5 yards per game and a career-high 5.2 yards per carry … added 25 receptions for 244 yards and two TDs, ranking tied for third on the team in touchdown catches, fourth in receptions and fifth in receiving yards …2008: Had a strong season, playing in all 13 games and making three starts at tailback … amassed 715 yards on the ground as the primary backup to Jahvid Best to rank second on the club in rushing yardage, as well as No. 10 in the Pac-10 with an average of 55.0 rushing yards per contest … averaged 5.0 yards per rush on 142 carries (also second to Best) and scored four touchdowns on the ground as well as five total with one receiving …2007: Redshirted.

Russ’ Take: Taiwan Jones, Kendall Hunter, DeMarco Murray, and Jacquizz Rodgers were all still on the board at 56.  RB was a position you knew the Patriots were going to address.  However, I just don’t know if they chose the right back.

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