RB Vereen the pick at 56

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots selected Cal running back Shane Vereen with the 56th overall selection of the draft.

At 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds, Vereen started all 12 games as a redshirt junior for Cal last season. On 231 carries, he ran for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 22 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2009, Vereen paired with current Lions running back Jahvid Best, leading the team with 952 yards rushing, while scoring 12 rushing touchdowns. On 25 receptions he had 244 yards and two touchdowns.

As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Vereen played in 13 games, starting three, recording 715 yards on 142 carries.