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Friday, May 7, 2010
Patriots & picking combine players

By Mike Reiss

In 2009, four of the Patriots' 12 draft choices did not attend the NFL's annual combine -- receiver Julian Edelman and offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer, Rich Ohrnberger and George Bussey.

This year, only one of the team's draft choices was a non-invitee: Georgia defensive lineman Kade Weston (seventh round, 248th overall).

That was one of the nitty-gritty facts unearthed while flipping through the latest edition of Patriots Football Weekly, which annually produces a comprehensive recap of the team's draft picks.

Yet while 11 of the team's 12 draft choices attended the combine, four of them did not work out, a group including tight end Rob Gronkowski, outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick.

That placed a greater emphasis on the team's private workouts in assigning a final grade on the players.