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Deaderick prepared to learn

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / May 2, 2010

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FOXBOROUGH — It may have appeared that Brandon Deaderick had an advantage when he was drafted by the Patriots, but he doesn’t see it that way.

Deaderick, a 6-foot-4-inch, 287-pound defensive end, played for Nick Saban at Alabama mostly in a 3-4 defense and now joins a team that primarily used a 3-4 scheme last season. But Deaderick doesn’t believe that gives him much of an edge.

“I don’t want to come in with the mind-set this is exactly the same just because I ran that defense,’’ Deaderick said. “I’m trying to learn it the way that they do it. That’s how you have to come in.

“This isn’t Alabama pro edition, this is the New England Patriots, so I got to come in and be a New England Patriot and run the defense that the New England Patriots run — not what I ran in college.’’

The Patriots drafted Deaderick in the seventh round with the 247th overall pick. He collected 23 tackles in 14 games his senior season, despite starting the year under unfortunate circumstances. Five days before the season, Deaderick was shot during a robbery attempt in a parking lot. The bullet entered his left forearm and eventually lodged in his hip. Deaderick worked his way back and played all 14 games -- he was a starter in 10 of them -- and he doesn’t like to reflect on the incident.

“I love football and I’m really just ready to move on from that,’’ he said. “It’s in the past and I feel this is a new chapter in my life and I’m ready to begin my life as a Patriot.’’

A native of Elizabethtown, Ky., Deaderick knows Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor, who also is from Kentucky. He hasn’t had a chance to meet any of the veteran players but is excited to have the chance to make the roster, especially considering the way he began his senior season.

“It’s a blessing,’’ Deaderick said. “That’s the only way you can explain it. This is all of our dreams since we were little boys, to play in the NFL and to play for an organization like this. It’s a great opportunity.’’

Price ready to catch on
Third-round pick Taylor Price remains a bit of a projection, but he looked smooth running routes and catching the ball yesterday. Price, who played at Ohio University, was part of coach Frank Solich’s option offense, which limited his receiving opportunities and raised questions about his receiving ability.

To compensate, Price, who topped 50 receptions each of his final two seasons at Ohio, said he stayed after practice to study NFL route coverages and concepts with Ohio receivers coach Dwayne Dixon.

“Coach Dixon coached at Florida, he coached Jabar Gaffney, he coached some great guys and he played in the league,’’ Price said. “He had a ton of knowledge and he gave me some insight, things to expect when I got to the next level and tried to prepare me for that.’’

He’s in the running
Of the 26 players participating in Patriots rookie camp, only one is a running back, and that could be good or bad. Pat Paschall is an undrafted rookie from North Dakota State. When players broke off into different groups, Paschall found himself with running backs coach Ivan Fears and no one else. That means when a running back is needed, he gets the call.

“I would say there’s pros and cons to it but mostly pros due to the fact that I get one-on-one teaching with Coach Ivan,’’ Paschall said. “I’m getting a ton of reps. Just got to come out with a little better conditioning and make sure I get to the tempo of practice that the New England Patriots have.’’

Paschall, 5-11, 206 pounds, rushed for 1,397 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final season. He played three seasons at North Dakota State, where he amassed 2,536 yards and averaged 6.7 yards a carry. When the draft ended and Paschall’s name hadn’t been called, he said he didn’t get frustrated.

“You have to go into it with an open mind,’’ Paschall said. “The coaches do their job and they pick the guys that they want to pick and I have to do my job as a player — come in, fulfill my role, and learn the playbook and all that type stuff and not worry about the past.’’

Ventrone makes bid
If Ross Ventrone is anything like his older brother — and Bill Belichick thinks he is — he may be sticking around.

A free agent defensive back from Villanova, Ventrone is the younger sibling of Ray Ventrone, who spent most of four seasons with the Patriots and is now with the Browns. Just like Ross, Ray was undrafted out of Villanova.

Asked during camp if Ross reminds him of Ray, Belichick said, “sure does. A little longer hair than Bubba, [but] it took three seconds to recognize the physical resemblance and also the playing style and a little bit of personality.’’

Listed at 5-8, 190 pounds, Ross Ventrone attended a couple of games in Foxborough when his brother was with the Patriots, but is still a bit excited to see the team’s logo on his helmet.

He knows he’s a long shot to make the roster, but his brother showed anything is possible.

“I just think it’s a good example, that if you work hard enough you can accomplish that, so I’m just out here making the best of my opportunity and hopefully that day comes,’’ Ross said.

Albert R. Breer and Shalise Manza Young of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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