On Thursday night, the next generation of NFL stars will gather in AT&T Stadium. For the teams, sending the right name on a card to the podium brings them one step closer to a championship. For the athletes, hearing their names called means untold riches. And for Jerry Jones, the draft serves as another opportunity to bring ‘a tremendous spectacle‘ to Arlington, Texas.
The spectacle continues in Tampa Bay, where a parrot will deliver the Buccaneers’ pick to the pirate ship in Raymond James Stadium. New England has elected for a fowl-free approach. The team will hold a draft party at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, and announce their picks Saturday from the Hall at Patriot Place.
The Patriots hold eight picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, including two first-round selections. The departures of Nate Solder and Malcolm Butler leave holes on New England’s roster than Bill Belichick will likely seek to fill over the course of the three-day draft.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 NFL Draft:
How to watch and stream
Round 1: 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN, FOX, and the NFL Network
Rounds 2-3: 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN, FOX, and the NFL Network
Rounds 4-7: 12 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, ABC, and the NFL Network
What picks do the Patriots have?
Round 1 (23), Round 1 (31), Round 2 (43), Round 2 (63), Round 3 (95), Round 6 (198), Round 6 (210), Round 7 (219)
What are the Patriots’ needs?
OL, LB, CB, DE, QB
Who the Patriots have lost
CB Malcolm Butler (Titans), LT Nate Solder (Giants), WR Danny Amendola (Dolphins), RB Dion Lewis (Titans), WR Brandin Cooks (Rams), TE Martellus Bennett, LB Shea McClellin, Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco)
Who the Patriots have added
WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton, DE Adrian Clayborn, RB Jeremy Hill, OL Luke Bowanko, TE Troy Niklas, WR Jordan Matthews, OL Matt Tobin
Who have the Patriots drafted recently?
The Patriots turned their first-round pick into Brandin Cooks, then traded Cooks to the Rams for the 23rd pick in this year’s draft. Their third-round picks, OLB Derek Rivers and T Antonio Garcia, both missed the entire season with injuries. Fourth round pick Deatrich Wise, a defensive end, made five sacks during the regular season and two in the playoffs.
The Patriots drafted CB Cyrus Jones, G Joe Thuney, QB Jacoby Brissett, WR Malcolm Mitchell, LB Elandon Roberts, and G Ted Karras, among others. Aside from Brissett, who was traded to the Colts in exchange for WR Phillip Dorsett, the named selections are still on the roster.
Malcom Brown, the team’s first-round pick, started every game for the Patriots in his first two seasons in the league. In the same draft, New England also picked up DB Jordan Richards, LB Geneo Grissom, DL Trey Flowers, OL Shaq Mason, and LS Joe Cardona.
New England released first-round pick DT Dominique Easley after 2016. In the second round, the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo, of course, no longer plies his trade in Foxborough, but fourth-round pick RB James White does.
The Patriots traded their second round pick, LB Jamie Collins, to the Browns for a compensatory third-round pick. S Duron Harmon is the only player from the 2013 Draft still on the team.
Here’s the order of picks for the first-round
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. New York Jets from Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns from Houston Texans
5. Denver Broncos
6. Indianapolis Colts from New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Oakland Raiders
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Buffalo Bills from Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Cincinnati Bengals from Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills from Kansas City Chiefs
23. New England Patriots from Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles