- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots selected Rutgers linebacker Steve Beauharnais with their final draft pick, a seventh-round selection (235th overall).
Beauharnais is the third player from Rutgers picked by the Patriots. Belichick's connection to Rutgers is well-documented; his son Steve played football there, and Belichick has a close friendship with former Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.
Beauharnais (6-0 7/8, 240) ran 4.84 in the 40-yard dash and was projected as a fourth- to fifth-round selection by the Pro Football Weekly draft preview, which noted that he recorded the best 20-yard short shuttle (4.20 seconds) and best 3-cone drill time (6.99) of any inside linebacker at the combine.
Beauharnais, who appears to have some positional flexibility, is considered a physical player with the smarts to line up a defense. To earn a spot on the roster, he'll also likely have to factor into the special-teams mix.
Beauharnais had 83 tackles and one interception last season.