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Patriots Draft Primer

The New England Patriots hold 6 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.



8 p.m. (ET), Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Round 1)

7 p.m. (ET), Friday, April 28, 2017 (Rounds 2-3)

12 p.m. (ET), Saturday, April 29, 2017 (Rounds 4-7)


The 2017 NFL Draft will consist of seven rounds with a total of 253 selections. Each team is assigned one pick per round based on the reverse order of finish of the 2016 season. In addition, a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded. New England holds 6 total picks.

ON THE Clock:

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection

Round 2: 7 minutes per selection

Rounds 3 - 6: 5 minutes per selection

Round 7 & Compensatory choices: 4 minutes per selection


As of April 24, the Patriots possess six selections in the 2017 NFL Draft:

3a*8 (72)From Carolina
3b32 (96)Assigned Selection
4*25 (132)From Seattle
5b40 (183)Compensatory
6*16 (200)From  Indianapolis
7*21 (239)From Detroit

The following 2017 Patriots selections have been vacated:

132 (32)Traded to New Orleans
232 (64)Traded to Carolina
339 (103)Traded to New Orleans from Cleveland
411 (NA)From New Orleans (forfeited)
431(137)Traded to Indianapolis
519 (163)Compensation for signing RFA Mike Gillislee from Buffalo*
532(175)Traded to Cleveland
632(215)Traded to Detroit
732(250)Traded to Detroit


*New England is without its 2017 first-round pick (32nd overall) and its 2017 third-round pick (103rd overall) due to a trade with New Orleans on March 11, 2017, in exchange for WR Brandin Cooks and New Orleans' 2017 fourth-round pick (118th overall). New England obtained Cleveland's 2017 third-round compensatory pick (103rd overall) in an exchange for LB Jamie Collins on Oct. 31, 2016. The Patriots forfeited the highest of their 2017 fourth-round picks and will therefore have the 25th pick in the fourth round (132nd overall).

*New England is without its 2017 second-round pick (64th overall) due to a trade with Carolina on March 11, 2017, in exchange for DL Kony Ealy and Carolina's 2017 third-round pick (72nd overall).

*New England obtained Seattle's 2017 fourth-round pick (131st overall) in a draft day trade with Seattle on April 30, 2016, along with a Seattle 2016 seventh-round pick (225th overall) in exchange for the Patriots 2016 fifth-round pick (147th overall) and their 2016 seventh-round pick (243rd overall).

*New England obtained Denver's 2017 fifth-round pick (163rd overall) in a trade in exchange for TE AJ Derby on Oct. 25, 2016. In exchange for signing Buffalo Bills restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee the pick is transferred to the Buffalo Bills.

*New England is without its assigned fifth-round pick (175th overall) due to a trade with Cleveland on Aug. 25, 2016, in exchange for LB Barkevious Mingo.

*New England obtained Indianapolis' 2017 sixth-round draft pick (200th overall) and TE Dwayne Allen in a trade with Indianapolis on March 9, 2017, in exchange for New England's assigned 2017 fourth-round draft pick (137th overall).

*New England is without its assigned 2017 sixth-round pick (215th overall) after trading it to Detroit on Oct. 25, 2016, in exchange for LB Kyle Van Noy and Detroit's 2017 seventh-round pick (239th overall).

*New England traded its assigned 2017 seventh-round pick (250th overall) to Detroit in exchange for TE Michael Williams on Aug. 26, 2015.

Breaking down the Draft Rules

DRAFT ORDER:The NFL's 2017 draft order was derived from the reverse order of 2016 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. 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.


PATRIOTS AT #72:The Patriots have never made a selection with the 72nd overall pick and are scheduled to do so for the first time in the 2017 NFL Draft.

NOTABLE PICKS: The 72nd selection produced four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jeremiah Trotter (Philadelphia) from the 1998 draft. The pick has also produced 2016 second-team All-Pro defensive end Olivier Vernon (Miami) from the 2012 draft. In 1999, center Grey Ruegamer (Miami) was drafted 72nd overall and would go on to become a member of the 2001 Patriots, ultimately helping them capture their first championship in Super Bowl XXXVI.

A YEAR AGO AT #72: Last year, the Chicago Bears used the 72nd pick to select defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard. Bullard appeared in 14 games as a defensive end with one start while totaling 18 tackles and adding one sack for Chicago.



PATRIOTS AT #96:The Patriots have made three selections with the 96th overall pick, selecting DT Vincent Valentine out of Nebraska last season, T Kenyatta Jones out of South Florida in 2001 and DB Maurice Hurst in 1989 out of Southern University. Valentine has played in 13 games thus far, starting two, while Jones played in 18 games with 12 starts over two seasons with the Patriots. Hurst accumulated 27 interceptions and 95 passes defensed in seven seasons with the Patriots, starting 102-of-105 games played.

NOTABLE PICKS:Pro Football Hall of Famer DE Charles Haley was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 96th pick overall in 1986 out of James Madison. He is only the second player in NFL history, along with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play on five Super Bowl winning teams and led the 49ers in sacks in each of his first six seasons. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year twice, made five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice.

A YEAR AGO AT #96:The Patriots used the 96th overall pick on defensive tackle Vincent Valentine out of Nebraska. As a rookie, Valentine started two of the 13 games he played in while recording a sack in his first career game and totaling 19 regular season tackles, as well as being a contributor in all three playoff victories en route to New England's fifth Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl LI.

Patriots Draft Success

The Patriots have 16 first-team All-Pro selections via the draft since 2000, which ranks behind only the Panthers (18), Cowboys (17) and Seahawks (17), according to ESPN's Stats & Information. In addition, the Patriots' 63 Pro Bowl selections via the draft since 2000 is a league-leading total, followed by the Cowboys (62) and Chargers (50).


NFL Network and ESPN will offer live coverage of all rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft.

WHERE TO LISTEN's flagship radio program, PFW in Progress, will offer special live broadcasts on all three days of the 2017 NFL Draft.  Broadcasts can be heard live on, the Patriots official apps for iOS and Android, and Tunein radio.

Thurs., April 27
8pm ET until end of first round.

Fri., April 28 (Rounds 2 - 3)
7:30pm to 10:30pm

Sat., April 29 (Rounds 4 - 7)
2pm to 4pm


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