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2015 New England Patriots NFL Draft Primer

80th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting

*Thursday, April 30, Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 *

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The New England Patriots hold nine selections in the 2015 NFL draft, including the 32nd pick in the first round, which was determined based on the victory in Super Bowl XLIX, and five of the first 101 picks overall. The Patriots own two third-round picks, two fourth-round picks and two picks in the seventh round. The Patriots have their own third-round pick and the first compensatory pick in the third round. They own their assigned selection in the fourth-round as well as Tampa Bay's fourth-round pick following the trade of Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers in exchange for a 2015 fourth-round pick and TE Tim Wright. The Patriots are without their fifth-round pick following a trade of the pick to Tampa Bay for LB Jonathan Casillas as well as Tampa Bay's 2015 sixth-round pick. New England's assigned 2015 sixth-round pick was traded to Tennessee in exchange for LB Akeem Ayers and Tennessee's 2015 seventh-round selection. The Patriots are without their own seventh-round draft pick, which was traded to St. Louis in 2012 in exchange for WR Greg Salas, but have a compensatory pick in the seventh round in addition to the seventh-round pick picked up from Tennessee.

WHEN:

  • 8:00 p.m. (ET), Thursday, April 30, 2015 (Round 1)
  • 7:00 p.m. (ET), Friday, May 1, 2015 (Rounds 2-3)
  • 12:00 p.m. (ET), Saturday, May 2, 2015 (Rounds 4-7)

DRAFTING:

The 2015 NFL Draft will consist of seven rounds with a total of 256 picks. Each team is assigned one pick per round based on the reverse order of finish of the 2014 season. In addition, a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded. New England holds nine total picks.

ON THE CLOCK:

  • Round 1 – 10 minutes per selection.
  • Round 2– 7 minutes per selection.
  • Rounds 3 - 7 – 5 minutes per selection.

PATRIOTS DRAFT STATUS

As of April 20, the Patriots possess nine selections in the 2015 NFL Draft.

PATRIOTS 2015 DRAFT SELECTIONS

ROUNDSELECTIONOVERALLHOW ACQUIRED
13232Assigned Selection
23264Assigned Selection
3a3296Assigned Selection
3b3397Compensatory Selection
4a2101Obtained from Tampa Bay
4b32131Assigned Selection
62178Obtained from Tampa Bay
7a2219Obtained from Tennessee
7b36253Compensatory Selection
    

PATRIOTS 2015 TRADED DRAFT SELECTIONS

ROUNDSELECTIONOVERALLHOW VACATED
532168Traded to Tampa Bay
632208Traded to Tennessee
732249Traded to St. Louis

Notes:

  • The Patriots are without their fifth-round pick following a trade of the pick to Tampa Bay for LB Jonathan Casillas as well as Tampa Bay's 2015 sixth-round pick.
  • New England's assigned 2015 sixth-round pick was traded to Tennessee in exchange for LB Akeem Ayers and Tennessee's 2015 seventh-round selection.
  • The Patriots are without their own seventh-round draft pick, which was traded to St. Louis in 2012 in exchange for WR Greg Salas, but have a compensatory pick in the seventh round in addition to the seventh-round pick picked up from Tennessee.

DRAFT ORDER

The NFL's 2015 draft order was derived from the reverse order of 2014 regular season records, with the exception of the Super Bowl champion, the Super Bowl runner-up and the playoff teams. Teams that made the playoffs are ordered by which round of the playoffs they are eliminated. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record. For teams with identical records, the tiebreaker is strength of schedule, with the team with the lowest strength of schedule drafting first. The final tiebreaker is a coin flip.

PASSING

If a team does not make a pick during its allotted time period, the team "passes" and the pick will defer to the next team. The initial team may then at any point make a pick, regardless of whether or not the subsequent team has made a pick.

ROUND-BY-ROUND ROTATION

The draft order of teams with identical records will rotate by round, with the exception of the Super Bowl champion and the Super Bowl runner-up, which will draft last and next-to-last in each round. In ties that involve three or more teams, the team at the bottom of the tied segment in a given round will move to the top of the segment for the next round, while all other teams in the segment move down one position. This rotation continues throughout the draft.

HISTORY OF #32

PATRIOTS AT #32: As the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Patriots hold the 32nd and final pick of the first round. The Patriots used the pick in consecutive years in 2004 (TE Benjamin Watson) and 2005 (G Logan Mankins). New England controlled the 32nd pick of the 2002 draft after winning Super Bowl XXXVI, but traded the pick to Washington on draft day as part of a package to move up to select Daniel Graham with the 21st pick.

NOTABLE PICKS:The 32nd selection produced Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees (San Diego), who was taken in the 2001 draft. The pick has also netted defensive lineman/linebacker Mathias Kiawanuka (2006) and starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (2014). Others selected with the 32nd pick include wide receiver Henry Ellard, who finished his career with nearly 14,000 receiving yards and Fred Smerlas, a former Patriots and Buffalo Bills defensive tackle.

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