The NFL Draft gets underway one month from tomorrow, with the first round once again being held during primetime on a Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, the NFL announced the 32 compensatory picks this year, and New England did not receive any.
But the Patriots still have nine picks in the draft — as of right now. We all know that could change given Bill Belichick’s propensity for draft-weekend wheeling and dealing.
That said, here’s the picks the Pats have now:
17th overall – from 2009 trade of Richard Seymour to Raiders
28th – natural spot
33rd overall – from 2010 draft weekend trade with Carolina
New England traded a third-round pick (89th overall) to the Panthers in exchange for their 2011 second-round pick. The Panthers used the pick on Appalachian State receiver Armanti Edwards, who had one carry for 7 yards as a rookie.
60th – natural spot
74th overall – from 2010 trade of Randy Moss to Vikings
92nd – natural spot
124th overall – natural spot
New England had a second fourth-round spot, which it received from Denver in the trade for Laurence Maroney, but the Pats sent a fourth-round pick to Seattle to re-acquire Deion Branch. The agreement called for the Seahawks to receive whichever pick was higher, which turned out to be the Broncos’.
156th overall – natural spot
188th overall – natural spot
The Pats’ had a second sixth-round spot, which they received from the Saints in the 2009 trade of David Thomas; that pick was shipped to Denver with Maroney.
Currently New England does not have a seventh-round pick; it traded its natural seventh-rounder to Atlanta for OL Quinn Ojinnaka.