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Patriots select OLB Markell Carter, TE Lee Smith, OL Marcus Cannon

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  April 30, 2011 05:49 PM

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Update: 5:49 p.m. -- The Patriots have selected Malcolm Williams, a defensive back from TCU with their final pick (No. 219) in the seventh round.

In 13 games for TCU, Williams had nine tackles and one pass defensed.

His athleticism is probably an indicator of why he was drafted. He's 5-9 1/2, 204 pounds and runs a 4.48 40-yard dash. He also has a 40-inch vertical leap. He put in 16 reps on the bench press (225 pounds) at his pro day.

Patriots draft OLB Markell Carter

Update: 4:40 p.m. -- The Patriots selected outside linebacker Markell Carter from Central Arkansas in the sixth round.

Carter is a 6-4, 252-pounder with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. In 2010, he totaled 62 tackles (25 solo), forced three fumbles while recovering four, tallied 5.5 sacks and scored a touchdown on one of his fumble recoveries.

In the bench press at his pro day, he had 17 reps (225 pounds).

Here's some highlights of his work at Central Arkansas:

Update: 4:36 p.m. -- The Patriots traded their sixth round pick (No. 193) to the Philadelphia Eagles for their sixth round pick (No. 194).

Patriots select Marshall TE Lee Smith

leesmith275.jpgUpdate: 3:05 p.m -- The Patriots picked tight end Lee Smith from Marshall with their second pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

Smith is 6-6 and 266 pounds. In 2010, he caught 38 balls for 358 yards and three touchdowns. He ran 4.94 in the 40-yard dash and benched 25 reps (225 pounds).

He finished his career at Marshall with 75 catches, 791 yards and three touchdowns in 48 games (24 starts).

Smith joins a top-flight tight end group with the Patriots, including Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Alge Crumpler.

Patriots pick OL Marcus Cannon

275.jpgUpdate: 2:03 p.m. -- The Patriots selected offensive lineman Marcus Cannon of TCU with 138th overall pick in the NFL draft.

Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the last 10 days. He started treatment Thursday -- two days ago.

"I feel awesome," Cannon said to reporters on a conference call. "God's blessed me. I haven't felt any of the symptoms of my treatment."

At 6-5 and 358 pounds, he's listed at tackle but is versatile enough to be moved around on the offensive line. He was projected to go high in the draft, but health concerns changed that.

"It's not disappointing, it's just something I have to go through," he said. "God wouldn't have put this on my plate if I couldn't handle it."

Cannon was first-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2010.

His 2010 stats include:

- 21 touchdown-resulting blocks.
- 115 knockdown blocks (the most of any lineman in the conference).
- No sacks allowed for the second straight year.

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FOXBOROUGH -- The third day of the NFL draft is already underway and the Patriots have four picks in Rounds 5, 6 and 7.

The Patriots are currently holding picks No. 138 overall (Round 5), No. 159 overall (Round 5), No. 193 (Round 6) and No. 219 (Round 7).

I'll be updating this post throughout the day with the picks and trades. Follow along on Twitter too: @GlobePatriots, @ZuriBerry, @Greg_A_Bedard and @ShaliseMYoung.

Also, check out Boston.com's NFL draft page for a draft tracker and all of the Globe's draft stories and content.

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