Safety Brandon Meriweather held a conference call with the New England media after being selected with the 24th overall selection.
How do you feel you can help the Patriots?
“Right now, I haven’t even thought about that. I’ve been pretty much at a loss for words. I’m just pretty much thinking about getting to the team and helping the team out in every way I can, to learn my playbook, and get ready to play in a game.”
What thoughts did you have about Coach Belichick and the Patriots in general?
“I don’t really have any preconceived ideas about him. I met with him, I talked to him over the phone. I understand he’s a bottom-line type of guy. He’s a guy who loves to win and I think I’m a guy who loves to win, too.”
What type of questions did he ask you about the gun incident?
“Me and Coach Belichick, we sat down and talked about it and I basically told him it was a dumb decision by me. I should have known better to make that decision to have a gun, so I think he understands that. We’re trying to get on with building a football team.”
Why did you have a gun?
Do you know Vince Wilfork at all and have you talked with him?
“I played with Vince for two years at Miami. He’s a great player. I’m happy that I get to go somewhere where we have some young players – big Vince and Santonio [Thomas], two good friends of mine. I can’t wait to be there and have a blast with them.”
Have you talked with them yet?
“No, not yet. I’ve been pretty much staying here with my family and just getting things going in the right direction right now.”
What happened in the FIU situation –- did the emotions get the best of you?
“Pretty much, my emotions just got the best of me. I was headed out to the field and made a bad decision, one that I shouldn’t have made and should have thought better of. That’s something that happened already, and I’ve rebounded from it, and I’m ready to do something to correct it. It’s something that won’t ever happen again.”
The fact you play at Miami, do you think that affected people’s perceptions of that?
“Everybody puts the perception on Miami that we’re thugs and we’re all this. I think once you get to meet us, people’s perceptions change. I don’t think that really has anything to do with who gets picked where and when.”
Did you have an idea the Patriots would draft you?
“I had no idea until I got a call from the Patriots.”