I’m happy with this pick. The Patriots needed an interior guy. I would have hoped they would have taken one of the tight ends from either Texas Tech or Washington, but maybe we will see something like that in round two.

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JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went back to Florida for his first-round selection in the NFL draft.

The Patriots selected Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley with the No. 29 overall pick on Thursday night. He’s the seventh Gator selected by Belichick since he arrived in New England.

“When I was playing at Florida, I always knew there were a lot of Florida players there,” Easley said in a conference call with New England reporters.

Belichick said the quality of competition in the Southeastern Conference makes it easier to evaluate players. In most of the tape the team watched from Easley’s career, he was lined up against players who were already in the NFL or on the Patriots’ draft board this year.

“You can put on just about any film and watch him against quality players. There was plenty of good competition,” Belichick said. “Real good…

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