Patriots pick QB Ryan Mallett

Updated: April 30, 2011, 2:15 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is annually unpredictable on draft day, but this year, he might have outdone himself by picking sliding quarterback Ryan Mallett in the third round (74th overall).

Few saw this one coming, even though Mallett took an April pre-draft visit to team headquarters at Gillette Stadium. That visit appeared to be more of a Belichick smokescreen, a case of trying to drum up interest in Mallett in a trade.

But Belichick was ...

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