The Patriots have selected Miami safety Brandon Meriweather with the 24th pick of the first round.

The Patriots worked Meriweather out in March during a visit to the Miami campus.

And with this, the Deion Branch case is closed.

Meriweather wasn’t my first choice, but with the way the first round went today, it is at the very least logical. He’s an experienced, versatile kid from a big time program, a leader on his team, and he stands to make an immediate impact in the Patriots backfield, perhaps even at corner.

There will be time enough for this to soak in as we go along. This is a bit of a victory for the BSMW Mock Masher, which had Meriweather as a likely Pats selection (albeit at #28).

The Pats are back on the clock in three more picks, if they elect to stay there. Perhaps David Harris, the good fit linebacker from Michigan, will be the choice. If so, that would be a first round haul that would please most Patriots fans, I suspect.