With the 56th pick, the Patriots addressed a position of need by selecting California running back Shane Vereen.
The former Golden Bear has good size at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds and speed (4.49).
He showed consistent improvement during his three-career, rushing for 715 yards as a freshman, 952 as a sophomore and 1,167 as a junior.
Also has versatility out of the backfield as a pass catcher, recording 74 receptions.
He averaged over five yards per carry every year during his career and fills out a nice role in New England's running back stable.