In-depth with 3 Patriots draft picks

May, 9, 2011
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Three Patriots draft picks were featured in stories over the weekend, with reporters going in-depth to highlight areas of their lives and careers.

1. Marcus Cannon and his cancer diagnosis. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe makes the trek to Fort Worth, Texas to catch up with Cannon and his family. The Patriots' fifth-round draft pick is hopeful that he won't need all four rounds of chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "This happened for a reason," Cannon tells Manza Young. "We'll see in the days to come why it happened but I'm not going to look back."

2. Ryan Mallett and being pro ready. Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to catch up with Mallett, his family, and his former coaches. The Patriots' third-round draft pick, and projected third-string quarterback, could have a smooth transition to the Patriots because Arkansas' offense has some tie-ins to New England's. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino notes the link, which goes back to his time under Tom Coughlin, who is part of the Bill Parcells' coaching tree.

3. Stevan Ridley and declaring early for the draft. Ed Staton of the Bayou Buzz writes on running back Stevan Ridley, a third-round draft choice, and why he declared for the draft after his junior season. Supporting his family was part of it. There were football reasons as well. "For me to come back and up my stock that much more, I'd probably have to have a 1,400 or 1,500-yard season, and everybody knows that LSU rolls about four or five running backs," Ridley says. "So the chances of me upping my stock to that level weren't looking that great."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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