FOXBOROUGH -- University of North Carolina receiver Brandon Tate, who was selected with the 83rd overall pick, held a conference call with reporters today and acknowledged a positive test for marijuana at the combine. Foxsports.com previously reported the test.
"I made a mistake and all that is behind me," he said. "I'm just moving forward and ready to go to the NFL and play for the Patriots."
Tate said he figured the test would affect his draft status, "but I was still waiting on that call because I knew someone would give me a chance and I thank the Patriots for that. I'm going to come in and be willing to work for them."
Tate is recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee, sustained in an Oct. 11 game against Notre Dame. He was asked if he thought he'd be ready to participate in minicamps and training camp.
"When I go up there, I'm going to do rehab and whatever happens, happens," he said, noting that he hasn't had any setbacks.