The New England Patriots, looking to
shore up an aging linebacker corps, chose Jerod Mayo of Tennessee
with the 10th pick of the NFL draft.
The Patriots originally had the seventh choice but traded it and
their fifth-round pick to New Orleans for the 10th pick and the
Mayo played inside linebacker in college but also can play
outside. Three of the Patriots starting linebackers, Tedy Bruschi,
Mike Vrabel and Adalius Thomas, will be 31 or older when the season
Coach Bill Belichick says he likes Mayo’s versatility.