Info from Boston.com
Whether Laurence Maroney is the right pick for the Patriots at No. 21 will be determined over time. But here are some of the factors that probably led the team to the decision.
Starting running back Corey Dillon turns 32 on Oct. 24.
Change-of-pace running back Kevin Faulk turns 31 on June 5.
Third-string running back Patrick Pass is 28.
Simply put, the team is long in the tooth at the running back position and the 21-year-old Maroney, who took a pre-draft visit to Gillette Stadium, injects some youth to the position.
Expect Patriots coach Bill Belichick to mention the word "production" when speaking of the 5-foot-11, 211-pound Maroney, who was one of the bigger backs in the draft. Some of the key stats:
* Started 14 of 36 games and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
* Ranks second in the Minnesota record books with 3,933 yards and 32 touchdowns on 660 rushing attempts.
* In 710 plays, totaled 4,797 all-purpose yards, the second-best total in school history.