- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots selected Illinois defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Buchanan with the first of two seventh-round draft choices, 226th overall.
Buchanan (6-5 3/8, 255) is an edge rusher who was named Illinois' Outstanding Defensive Player in 2012 after starting all 12 games and leading the team in sacks (4.5), even though it was a decline in production. He had his best season in 2011 while playing opposite first-round draft choice Whitney Mercilus, totaling 7.5 sacks. Had Buchanan entered the draft after last season, he might have been a higher draft pick.
This was the selection that the Patriots acquired from Tampa Bay along with cornerback Aqib Talib in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
The Pro Football Weekly draft preview rated Buchanan as a third- to fourth-round pick.