Draft notes, as passed along by the Patriots' media relations department:
NO FIRST-ROUND PICK
The Patriots did not make a first-round pick, marking just the fourth time in franchise history that they did not use a first-round selection.
- The Patriots also did not make first-round picks in 2000, 1974 and 1972.
- In 1972, the Patriots did not make a first-round pick after their first-round pick was awarded to Minnesota for
quarterback Joe Kapp.
- In 1974, the Patriots did not make a first-round pick after their first-round pick was traded to San Francisco for tight end Bob Windsor.
- In 2000, the Patriots did not make a first-round pick after their first-round pick was traded to the New York Jets for head coach Bill Belichick.
- In 2009, the Patriots’ first-round pick (No. 23) was traded for picks (No. 26 and No. 162) that were then traded for a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round picks (Nos. 73 and 83)
The Patriots selected with the 40th and 41st overall picks, drafting DL Ron Brace (No. 40) and DB Darius Butler (No. 41). The only other time the Patriots had back-to-back picks in the top 100 was in 1982, when they also had the 40th and 41st overall picks. In 1982, the Patriots selected RB Robert Weathers (No. 40) and Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Andre Tippett (No. 41) with those picks. The last time the Patriots had back-to-back picks was in 2007, when they had picks No. 208 and No. 209.
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOLS
The Patriots selected Boston College’s Ron Brace and Connecticut’s Darius Butler in the second round, marking the first time since 1999 that the Patriots picked two players from New England colleges in the same draft. In 1999, the Patriots selected Boston College’s Damien Woody in the first round (17th overall) and Brown’s Sean Morey in the seventh round (241 overall). This draft is the first in which the Patriots picked two players from New England schools in the top 50.
Follow the "full entry" link below for more on the four second-round picks.
S PATRICK CHUNG – Round 2, No. 34 -- Oregon
- Patrick Chung is the third player in Patriots history drafted from the University of Oregon, joining TE Russ Francis
(Selected No. 16 in 1975) and RB Dino Philyaw (Selected No. 195 in 1995).
- Chung is the ninth defensive back to be selected by the Patriots with their first selection of a draft. The other eight are Brandon Meriweather (No. 24 in 2007), Chris Canty (No. 29 in 1997), Ty Law (No. 23 in 1995), Roland James (No. 14 in 1980), Rick Sanford (No. 25 in 1980), Raymond Clayborn (No. 16 in 1977), Mike Haynes (No. 5 in 1976) and John Charles (No. 21 in 1967).
- The only other Patriot selected with the 34th overall pick was Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson, picked 34th overall in 1974.
DL RON BRACE – Round 2, No. 40 – Boston College
- Ron Brace is the 14th player drafted by the Patriots from Boston College and the first since Dan Koppen was selected in the fifth round (No. 164 overall) in 2003.
- Brace is the first defensive lineman taken by the Patriots in the first three rounds in the last five years, dating back to when Vince Wilfork was selected in the first round (No. 21 overall) in 2004.
- Brace is the fourth Boston College player picked by the Patriots in the first two rounds of the draft, joining C
Damien Woody (1st round, 1999), NT Mike Ruth (2nd round, 1986) and G Steve Corbett (2nd round, 1974).
DB DARIUS BUTLER – Round 2, No. 41 – Connecticut
- Darius Butler is the first player drafted by the Patriots from the University of Connecticut.
- Butler is the second-highest player ever drafted from the University of Connecticut, behind only running back Donald Brown, who was picked by the Indianapolis Colts with the 27th overall pick today. Prior to today, the highest a UConn player was selected in the draft was in 2005, when Alfred Fincher was selected by the Saints in the third round (No. 82 overall).
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