Patriots grab pair of lesser knowns in 6th and 7th

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Patriots grab pair of lesser knowns in 6th and 7th

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
FOXBORO - A day (or two) after many experts expected the Patriots would select a pass rusher, New England finally made a move to take a guy who can chase quarterbacks on the regular. Markell Carter, a defensive end from Scottie Pippen's alma mater Central Arkansas, was the 194th pick in this draft. New England closed out its 2011 draft by selecting defensive back Malcolm Williams from TCU with the 219th pick. Carter is a 6-4, 248-pound fella who didn't attend the Combine. When he worked out at a pro day, he ran a 4.76 40 and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. For you and me, that's good. For an NFL linebacker, not as impressive. He'll be thrown in that DEOLB mix with Tully Banta-Cain, Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham and Eric Moore. As for Williams, he's not very well known. At all. He's got some flexibility, having played safety in junior college. He's solidly build and compact at 5-9, 204 and he runs a 4.48 40. Kid's got special teams written all over him, at least at the start.

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