It's well known how much of an emphasis the Patriots put on intelligence when it comes to selecting players, so it should come as no surprise that for the second year in a row the Patriots rookie class won the Ultimate Rookie Challenge at the NFL's Rookie Symposium.
The symposium, run by the NFL and NFL Players Association, is mandatory for all NFL draft picks and features information sessions and panels designed to help prepare rookies for the challenges of transitioning to the NFL -- on and off the field.
Throughout the three-and-a-half day symposium, which started Sunday evening and ended today, rookies were asked a series of questions based on symposium presentations and basic NFL trivia.
The combined individual scores of the Patriots rookies were the best of any NFL team at the symposium, which was held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The New England rookies -- safety Patrick Chung, nose tackle Ron Brace, cornerback Darius Butler, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, wide receiver Brandon Tate, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, guard/center Rich Ohrnberger, offensive lineman George Bussey, long-snapper Jake Ingram, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, wide receiver Julian Edelman and defensive lineman Darryl Richard -- each won a 32-inch flat screen television.