Patriots Trade Ellis Hobbs, Draft Ohrnberger

Okay, things really heated up the last few minutes.

To start things off, the Patriots traded cornerback Ellis Hobbs to the Philadelphia Eagles for two fifth round picks, 137th and 141st overall.

However, they quickly traded these picks to the Baltimore Ravens for a fourth rounder, 123rd overall, and a sixth rounder, 198th overall.

With the fourth round pick they acquired through the Ravens, the Patriots selected Rich Ohrnberger, offensive guard from Penn State.  Ohrnberger is a guy I actually like.  Although he is undersized, he plays with a good motor, is quick out of his stance, and is good in pass protection and pulling.  Solid pick who could eventually take over for Stephen Neal at right guard.

As for Hobbs, I am sad to see him go.  Hobbs was an electic returner, and underrated cover man.  I thought he had a great season in 2008.  Still, there was a logjam at cornerback, and Hobbs is an unrestricted free agent after the season.  With Hobbs gone, the Patriots have Shawn Springs, Leigh Bodden, Jonathan Wilhite, Terrence Wheatley, and Darius Butler at cornerback.  I think any of the five could get a starting spot, so there should be some great competition at the position in training camp.


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