Pats stay put, grab Virginia corner Dowling

458190.jpg

Pats stay put, grab Virginia corner Dowling

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

The Patriots milked their seven minutes on the clock for all it was worth. But when it came time to spit or get off the pot at No. 33, New England loved the hyphens more than the hypotheticals. The Patriots took Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling - a 6-1, 198 pound corner with the first pick in the second round. The pros? He's bigger than the rest of the Patriots crop of corners and is a very good tackler, smooth runner, special teams stud and a kid with very solid character. The cons? He keeps getting hurt and 2010 was ruined by injury. He played five games and had just 15 tackles and one pick as a hamstring strain, right knee injury and left ankle fracture drove him down the board. He has some knee cartilage issues still that will make him a player to monitor.

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.