There aren't many sure things when it comes to the Bill Belichick Patriots, but when the NFL Draft began and New England held the 29th overall pick and only four others - in the second, third, and seventh (two picks) rounds - it was a good bet that they would be making a trade or two to acquire more picks.
And after waiting more than three hours for the first 28 picks to be announced, the news came: New England traded the 29th pick to Minnesota for a whopping package of four picks. The Vikings gave up selections in the 2d (52nd overall), 3rd (83rd), 4th (102d) and, 7th (229th) rounds.
Minnesota used the pick to take Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who played just one season with the Volunteers after two season at a junior college.
The Patriots now have eight picks: 52, 59, 83, 91, 102, 226, 229, and 235.
The second and third rounds of the draft will be held on Friday at 6:30 p.m.