There's still plenty of work to be done today
FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots started the draft yesterday with 11 picks and after all their swapping and switching, which resulted in four second-round picks, they go into today with seven picks in the remaining five rounds.
Round 3 kicks off at 10 a.m. The Patriots have four third-round picks (Nos. 73, 83, 89, and 97). Picks 73 and 83 were acquired from the Packers when the Patriots traded out of the first round altogether. The 97th pick is a compensatory selection awarded by the league.
After the third round, the Patriots have a pair of compensatory picks in Rounds 5 (No. 170) and 6 (No. 207), and a seventh-rounder (No. 234).
Coach Bill Belichick wouldn't rule out making more trades today to maximize the value of those selections. A trade into a future year - a staple of past Patriot drafts - could be a possibility.
Belichick praised the work of director of player personnel Nick Caserio and director of college scouting Jon Robinson in setting up the draft board.
"We're not done yet," said Belichick. "They did a great job in terms of preparing everything and having a real good sense of kind of where some of these guys are going to go and still be able to maneuver a little bit. Hopefully, we'll be able to capitalize on some of these picks in the third round and all the way through the draft."
"The 5,000 Patriots fans following realpatriots on Twitter were the first outside the team draft room to learn of the team's three trades and four second-round draft choices. It was a great addition to what is always an exciting day for football fans," said Patriots spokesman Stacey James via e-mail. "The feedback was tremendous and we look forward to continuing the 'tweets' again [today]."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, who has a Twitter account, said via e-mail that the league planned to review after the draft whether it needed to develop a policy related to how teams announce their picks before commissioner Roger Goodell has an opportunity to do so on the telecasts by NFL Network and ESPN.
Aiello said that "there is no issue regarding Twitter" specifically.
The NFL had one of its public relations spokesman, Brian McCarthy, tweeting from the draft in New York, but his announcement of the picks did not come prior to the television broadcast. Goodell was also tweeting from New York.