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Posted by Albert Breer  March 2, 2010 12:28 PM

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You can always keep an eye on draftable guys who played for college coaches connected to Bill Belichick. And in that regard, no pipeline has been more fruitful for New England than the Nick Saban Pipeline.

So here's another name for you: Javier Arenas.

I've felt since back in the fall, when he was lighting it up for Alabama, that this kid would be a great fit for the Patriots because of his physical style and versatility to contribute in the return game. The big question on him coming in to the scouting combine was how he'd run.

He acquitted himself fairly well earlier this morning with an unofficial 4.52 in the 40, clocking that time despite pulling up lame during the run and being unable to get a second shot at it. Now, corner might not be a huge need right now (the Patriots have spent two 2s and a 4 the last two years on the position), but if Leigh Bodden gets away, adding another player there, particularly with the club's abundance of second-rounders, would make sense.

I'd think Arenas will get a long look from the Patriots in Round 2, and that's not the only thing that makes him interesting. Earlier this morning on Twitter, @WAD1980 called to my attention that Javier is actually the cousin of Agent 0, Gilbert Arenas, and that Tide fans actually took to calling him Agent 28.

Want some more 40 times? Well, USC's Taylor Mays ran a blistering 4.24, which is out-of-this-world for a 230-pounder. And Eric Berry -- whom I believe should be considered right there with Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy -- blew it up with a 4.40. On the flip side, Florida's Joe Haden came in the high-4.5s, very disappointing for a player most considered a top-half-of-the-first-round guy.
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