Logan Mankins: From Ranch Hand To Rodeo Clown

June 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Ahhhh, yes...springtime is in the air.  I can always tell because the birds are back, flowers are blossoming, the NBA Finals are drawing to a close, and the typical disgruntled NFL player is airing his dirty laundry.
This one snuck up on me a little, I will freely admit.  Knowing that the Patriots offered nearly double what they had to in order to secure exclusive rights, I took it for granted that he would sign and play while both sides hammered out a long-term deal.
I actually have a draft guide from the year Logan Mankins was drafted; and while "mock" drafts show exactly how subjective the draft process is, there's usually a degree of accuracy involved.  He was the eighth-rated tackle prospect that year (in my guide); with the caveat that, were he to be turned into a guard, he would be the top-rated prospect at that position. 
The Patriots snatched him up at pick No. 32 in 2005, causing a bit of a stir.  It turned out they knew what they...

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