A closer look at the 48th overall pick

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A closer look at the 48th overall pick

If the Patriots can do as well with the 48th pick in 2012 as they did in 2001, they'll be more than satisfied.

Back in 2001, the Patriots traded up to 48 to jump ahead of the New York Jets to grab Matt Light who locked down the left tackle spot for the last 11 seasons. Strong murmurs of Light's retirement this offseason remain but that's been a pick that's served them very well.

Here's a look at the other players selected at No. 48 since April 2000.

2000
Jason Webster, CB, Texas A&M (49ers)
Had an eight-year career that started in San Fran and ended in New England. Was a starter for the Niners until 2002 before going to Atlanta. His final three seasons, he played in just 12 games including three for the Patriots in 2008.

2001
Matt Light, LT, Purdue (Patriots)
A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro for the Patriots. He's been the best left tackle in franchise history.

2002
Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida (Chargers)
Never really did much for the Chargers catching just 76 balls in four seasons in San Diego. In his one year with the Patriots (2006), he became the Patriots go-to wideout with 61 catches and four touchdowns but his case of the drops in the AFC Championship game against the Colts is a lasting image. He played just one more season in the league after that with 15 catches for the Redskins in 2007.

2003
Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska (Bills)
Has had a very nice nine-year career with the Bills, only playing fewer than 16 games twice (14 in 2007, 12 in 2011). Had five sacks for the Bills last year at the age of 32. Has 30.5 career sacks.

2004
Dontarrious Thomas, OLB, Auburn (Vikings)
Made 10 starts and had 1.5 sacks in a disappointing five-year career with the Vikings.

2005
Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia (Bengals)
Played one year with the Bengals and actually was pretty good. Then a litany of alcohol problems, missed drug tests and assault arrests got him suspended. Was suspended indefinitely by the league after the 2008 season.

2006
Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas (Vikings)
Spent six seasons with the Vikings before signing with the Redskins this past offseason. Started 63 of 76 games since 2007. Solid tackler who has just eight career picks.

2007
Justin Durant, LB, Hampton (Jaguars)
Played his first four seasons with the Jags and was a decent linebacker there. Signed with the Lions in 2011 where he made 59 tackles in 13 games.

2008
Fred Davis, TE, USC (Redskins)
Pass-catching tight end out of USC who was franchised this offseason after being suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season after repeatedly failing drug tests. Had 59 catches for the Skins in 12 games last year.

2009
Darcel McBath, DB, Texas Tech (Broncos)
Played in 13 games as a rookie and seven as a second-year player. Was released by Denver last September and played one game with Jacksonville in 2011. Has one career start and 28 tackles.

2010
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (Panthers)
Started 10 games in his rookie season with the Panthers, going 1-9 with three TDs and nine picks. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton last year and Clausen got into two games without throwing a pass. The one-time Notre Dame phenom has an upward climb to stay in the league.

2011
Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State (Raiders)
Started all 16 games last year for the Raiders and looks to be a promising pro..

Perry: Can finally put a face to Patriots draft punishment

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Perry: Can finally put a face to Patriots draft punishment

Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran discuss the New England Patriots losing their first-round pick, and how they can finally put a face to the punishment and see which player they could've drafted.

Stevens: Thomas, C's must make right play, not force shots

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Stevens: Thomas, C's must make right play, not force shots

BOSTON - Isaiah Thomas is good to go for Game 6, though it's yet to be determined how much the ankle will affect him.

Either way, he can expect much of the focus to be on him throughout the game, as it has been for the entire series.

In Game 5 specifically, though, the Hawks stopped Thomas in a way they haven't been able to all series. The result? Just seven points for the C's leading scorer. They brought the double-team, and sometimes even the triple-team, making him unable to score.

But though Thomas' main objective is to score, as the starting point guard he's needed to do much more than that.

"You just have to make the right basketball play," Stevens said when asked if Thomas needs to be more aggressive when he's trapped. "He’s going to have the ball a ton for us, he’s going to be off the ball on actions for us, he’s going to have to read when he should screen, he’s going to have to read when he gets the ball how he’s being played, and just make the right basketball play.

"There’s certainly things you can do to alleviate some of that. But I felt we attacked it really well at the start of the game. Certainly part of their scoring runs was some bad offense on our part in the latter parts of the game. I left thinking Isaiah made a lot of the right basketball plays. That’s his charge – he has to do that, and we’ll follow suit."

Following suit with making the right decision - and hitting the shot - is something the C's couldn't do much of in Game 5. If Boston wants its playoff run to continue, it's going to have to be a team effort.

"We just have to make the right read, whether it’s catch and shoot or whether it’s catch and rip and drive," Stevens said. "Somebody else gets in the paint and makes the right read, and that’s part of it. We have good players who can do that, I believe they can and Isaiah does too. But Isaiah can’t force. If they’re going to put two to the ball, that’s when you have to make the right basketball play."

Stevens: Celtics shootaround resembled 'typical day'

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Stevens: Celtics shootaround resembled 'typical day'

BOSTON - Hours before the biggest game of their careers, the Boston Celtics walked into the TD Garden and took part in the team's walkthrough like they have done before any old game.

This is far from any old game. The team's playoff lives are on the line after a no-show in Atlanta. The Celtics have every reason to be jacked up headed into this one - and they most likely will get to that level right around pregame introductions - but following the lead of their level-headed coach has gotten them this far, and that isn't about to change.

"When the guys walk in, they came in, we went through our shootaround. Typical day," Stevens said. "The focus is always pretty good. It was good again today. Just ready to compete and excited to play in this building."

The Celtics should be excited to play in this building. They've played exceptionally well here as of late, beating the Hawks in both of their home playoff games. The fans brought their "A" game in those two games, and it's a foregone conclusion they'll bring it for Game 6.

When asked if players really can feed off the fans, Stevens answered by saying that without question they can.

"I've said this many times, I've been so impressed ever since I've been here with the Celtics fans," Stevens said. "You can clearly feel the energy levels increasing as the months go by and as the days go by with this group. And certainly the last few months with the way our guys have played in here and the amount of energy in here. It's been incredible. It's been fun to be a part of. Hopefully we can continue."