Patriots

Live updates from the 2018 NFL Draft

New England drafted a quarterback.

Danny Etling
LSU quarterback Danny Etling runs a drill at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Day 3, Saturday

The Patriots have made their final selection of the 2018 NFL Draft:

  • 6:39 p.m. — At No. 250 overall, the Patriots selected Florida State tight end Ryan Izzo. Izzo caught 54 passes for 761 yards and six touchdowns during his four seasons with the Seminoles. He was known primarily as an in-line blocker for three 1,000-yard rushers.
  • 6:24 p.m. — At No. 243 overall, the Patriots selected Western Carolina defensive back Keion Crossen. After recording 165 tackles during his Catamounts career, Crossen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds at the Wake Forest Pro Day. His time would have tied for first among defensive backs at the NFL Combine.
  • 5:57 p.m. — The Patriots traded the No. 233 overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the No. 250 overall pick in this year’s draft and a 2019 seventh-rounder.
  • 5:29 p.m. — At No. 219 overall, the Patriots selected LSU quarterback Danny Etling. Etling threw for 2,463 yards, 16 touchdowns, and two interceptions last season. He completed 60 percent of his passes and averaged a 153.0 QB rating. Per Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer, Etling has been working out with Tom Brady’s throwing coaches.

  • 5:07 p.m. — At No. 210 overall, the Patriots selected Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Berrios had 55 receptions for 679 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season.
  • 4:34 p.m. — The Patriots have traded the No. 198 overall pick to the Chiefs in exchange for two seventh-round picks (Nos. 233 and 243 overall).
  • 3:40 p.m. — At No. 178 overall, the Patriots selected Arizona State linebacker Christian Sam. Sam recorded 127 tackles, three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble last season as a redshirt junior. He missed all but one game of the previous season due to a foot injury.
  • 2:05 p.m. — At No. 143 overall, the Patriots selected Purdue inside linebacker Ja’whaun Bentley. Bentley played four seasons with the Boilermakers, logging 97 tackles and one sack his senior year. He was also the first three-time captain in team history.
  • 12:44 p.m. — The Patriots have made another trade: In exchange for the No. 114 overall pick acquired from the Browns, New England received a 2019 third-rounder from the Lions. The Patriots no longer have a selection in the fourth round of this year’s draft.
  • 12:20 p.m. — The Patriots traded down, swapping the No. 105 overall pick for Nos. 114 and 178 from the Cleveland Browns. With the 105th pick, the Browns selected Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

Potential Patriots targets off the board

  • With the 108th pick, the Giants selected Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta.
  • With the 117th pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White.
  • With the 199th pick, the Tennessee Titans selected Washington State quarterback Luke Falk.

Day 2, Friday

Patriots picks

  • 8:40 p.m. — After moving up the draft board via trade with the Buccaneers, the Patriots selected Gators cornerback Duke Dawson with the 56th overall pick. New England received the higher pick in exchange for their original second-rounder (No. 63 overall) and a fourth-rounder (No. 117 overall) acquired earlier from the Lions. Dawson played four seasons at Florida, recording 81 total tackles and six interceptions during his college career.
  • At the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Dawson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and recorded 15 reps on the bench press. During his senior season with the Gators, he was targeted 48 times and allowed 21 receptions for 233 yards. In addition to notching four interceptions, he broke up six passes.

  • 8:22 p.m. — The Patriots traded down again: New England sent the pick they acquired from the Lions (No. 51 overall) to the Bears in exchange for the 105th overall pick in this year’s draft and a second-rounder in 2019.
  • 7:51 p.m. — While on the clock for the 11th pick in the second round (No. 43 overall), the Patriots traded the selection to the Detroit Lions for 19th pick in the second round (No. 51 overall) and the 17th pick in the fourth round (No. 117 overall). The Lions selected Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.
  • Earlier in the day, New England traded its lone third-round pick (No. 95 overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for offensive tackle Trent Brown and a fifth-round pick (No. 143).

Potential Patriots targets off the board

  • With the 41st overall pick (via the Raiders), the Titans selected Boston College linebacker Harold Landry.

  • With the 76th overall pick (via Seattle), the Steelers selected Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph was one of the leading candidates to become the Patriots’ next backup passer.

Day 1, Thursday

Patriots picks

New England used their two first-round selections to bring in a pair of teammates from the Georgia Bulldogs.

  • At No. 23, the Patriots selected offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn. Despite finishing the year with a torn labrum — and playing hurt for the final four games of the season — Wynn started all 15 contests at left tackle in 2017. He can play either tackle or guard in the NFL.

  • When asked to describe his game in one word to reporters at the 2018 Scouting Combine, Wynn said he’ll give two: “relentless finisher.” He is expected to be a steady and consistent contributor, helping address one of the Patriots’ biggest offseason needs of protecting Tom Brady’s blindside.
  • Fellow former Bulldog David Andrews welcomed Wynn onto the team:

  • At No. 31, the Patriots selected running back Sony Michel. Michel recorded 1,227 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns with the Bulldogs last season. He averaged an impressive 7.9 yards per carry.
  • As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted during the draft’s broadcast, some teams were concerned about Michel’s longevity. Per The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi, the 23-year-old has a “bone-on-bone condition” in his knee.

Potential Patriots targets off the board

  • The Oakland Raiders selected UCLA left tackle Kolton Miller — a possible replacement for Nate Solder — with the 15th overall pick.
  • The Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch at No. 19. Vander Esch had visited Foxborough on a top 30 pre-draft visit.
  • With the 22nd pick (via the Ravens), the Titans selected Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans. Tennessee and Baltimore swapped a pair of picks, giving the Titans Nos. 22 and 215 in exchange for Nos. 25 and 125. Evans had also visited the Patriots on a top 30 pre-draft visit.
  • The Atlanta Falcons selected Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
  • With the 32nd pick (via the Eagles), the Ravens selected Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson’s name was floated as a possibility to back up Brady.

The first five selections

  • With the No. 1 pick, the Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield — who has drawn comparisons to former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel — won the 2017 Heisman Trophy, throwing for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns his senior season.

  • The New York Giants selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick. Barkley played three seasons with the Nittany Lions, eclipsing 1,000-plus rushing yards each year.
  • The New York Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. Darnold, a California native, threw for 4,413 yards and 26 touchdowns his sophomore season.
  • With the fourth overall pick — their second of the 2018 NFL Draft — the Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward tied for the fastest 40-yard dash (4.32 seconds) at this year’s Scouting Combine.

  • The Denver Broncos selected defensive end Bradley Chubb with the fifth overall pick. Coach Bill Belichick had been seen working with Chubb at NC State’s pro day in March, but he immediately acknowledged the reality that the 21-year-old would likely not fall to the Patriots.

Quarterback watch

For the first time in league history, four quarterbacks were selected in the top 10 picks of the draft.

  • No. 1: Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield to the Cleveland Browns
  • No. 3: USC’s Sam Darnold to the New York Jets
  • No. 7: Wyoming’s Josh Allen to the Buffalo Bills (via Tampa Bay)
  • No. 10: UCLA’s Josh Rosen to the Arizona Cardinals (via Oakland)

Moves across the AFC East

  • In exchange for the 12th, 53rd, and 56th overall picks in this year’s draft, Buffalo received the seventh and 255th picks from Tampa Bay. With the seventh pick, the Bills selected quarterback Josh Allen.

  • With the 11th overall pick, the Miami Dolphins selected Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick played three seasons under Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
  • In their second trade of the evening, the Bills have once again moved up the draft board — sending picks Nos. 22, 65, and 154 to the Ravens in exchange for the 16th overall pick. At No. 16, Buffalo selected 19-year-old Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

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