If defensive linemen were measured solely by their smarts, the Patriots would have a steal in Georgia Tech's Darryl Richard, one of their seventh-round draft choices.
Richard scored a 37 on the Wonderlic intelligence test given to prospects. The score was the highest of any Patriots draft pick, and the top mark among all defensive linemen in the draft.
As noted on Georgia Tech's Web site, Richard's intelligence was highlighted in him earning his bachelor's degree in three years. He then completed his master's in a year and a half, one semester early.
Richard, who was the 234th overall selection in the draft, is one of 11 defensive linemen on the Patriots roster and hopes to break through to earn a roster spot.