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..

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox -- who came away with the top starting pitcher (David Price) and top reliever (Craig Kimbrel) last offseason -- apparently have done it again.

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Sox have acquired White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale for four prospects. Two have been identified (infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech) and two are as-yet unnamed:

More to come . . . 

Vatrano takes 'step in the right direction' in return to practice

Vatrano takes 'step in the right direction' in return to practice

BRIGHTON, Mass -- The Bruins lost Matt Beleskey for six weeks to a knee injury this week, and now they’re hoping to get another winger back now that 22-year-old Frank Vatrano has rejoined the Bruins at practice.

Vatrano was wearing a red no-contact jersey at Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena, but his presence along with the other players at the team skate means that he’s moving closer toward a return to the B’s lineup. While initial timetables for his recovery from foot surgery had him in the early January range for returning to the Bruins lineup, it appears that he might be at least a couple of weeks ahead of that initial expectation.

Either way Vatrano is happy to be back on the ice with his teammates after the torn ligaments in his foot wiped out his training camp and the first two plus months of the regular season for him.

“It was a big step for me today. It was nice to be out there with the guys for the first time,” said Vatrano, who scored a combined 44 goals last season for Providence and Boston in a breakout season with the B’s organization. “I’ve gone through the rehab and done everything I need to do to get back playing, so now the next step is getting back on the ice with the guys. I felt great, so now it’s just waiting to hear the news when I start playing again.”

While Vatrano is still a young, relatively inexperienced player with just one full year of pro hockey under his belt, the sense from the Bruins is that he’s going to help a team that’s currently ranked 25th in the NHL in offense. Claude Julien was encouraged by seeing him out there in the red, no-contact jersey that his teammates were chirping him about, and said that his level play at last spring’s world championships should give him confidence when he jumps back into a big role with the Black and Gold.

“It’s a step in the right direction for Frank. That’s the best way for him to get to the pace of our game because it’s going to take a while when you’ve been out that long,” said Vatrano. “I think his experience at world championships last year is a real blessing in disguise because he gained a lot of confidence there. I think that’s going to help him a lot more than had he not gone.

“He played against a lot of elite players last year, and he fared really well. I think he’ll be coming in now with some confidence, and we just have to sure coming in that we give him every opportunity to succeed by using him properly, and giving him a chance to find his game.”

That certainly sounds like the Bruins are preparing for a top-6 role and maybe some power play time once the young, sharp-shooting Vatrano is back up to full speed. That should be fun to watch once he’s ready to play, and ready to again unleash that shot and release that rivals anybody else for tops on the Bruins roster.