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Patriots hold 12 selections in 2010 NFL Draft



WHEN:7:30 p.m. (EDT), Thursday, April 22, 2010 (Round 1)
6:00 p.m. (EDT), Friday, April 23, 2010 (Rounds 2-3)
10:00 a.m. (EDT), Saturday, April 24, 2010 (Rounds 4-7)

DRAFTING:The 2010 NFL Draft will consist of seven rounds with a total of 255 picks. Each team is assigned one pick per round based on the reverse order of finish of the 2009 season. In addition, a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded. New England holds 12 total picks, including four compensatory choices.


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

As of April 1, the Patriots possess 12 selections in the 2010 NFL Draft, including four of the first 53 picks. New England owns the 22nd pick in the first round. New England was awarded four compensatory selections with one in the sixth round and three in the seventh round. The Patriots are without a third-round pick in 2010 due to a trade with Oakland in exchange for LB Derrick Burgess. The Patriots are without a fifth-round pick due to the trade with Tampa Bay for TE Alex Smith.

Rd. Selection (Overall) How Acq.
1 22 (22) Assigned Selection
2A 12 (44) From Jacksonville
2B 15 (47) From Tennessee
2C 21 (53) Assigned Selection
4 21 (119) Assigned Selection
6A 21 (190) Assigned Selection
6B 36 (205) Compensatory Pick
7A 22 (229) Assigned Selection
7B 24 (231) From Philadelphia
7C 40 (247) Compensatory Pick
7D 41 (248) Compensatory Pick
7E 43 (250) Compensatory Pick

(A) Round 2, Overall Pick 44 – The Patriots acquired Jacksonville's 2010 second-round selection during a 2009 draft day trade. The Patriots acquired a 2009 seventh-round selection (Julian Edelman) and a 2010 second-round selection in exchange for a 2009 third-round selection (Derek Cox).
(B) Round 2, Overall Pick 47 – The Patriots acquired Tennessee's 2010 second-round selection in a draft day trade in exchange for a 2009 third-round selection (Jared Cook).
(C) Round 7, Overall Pick 231 – The Patriots acquired Philadelphia's 2010 seventh-round selection in a draft day trade along with WR Greg Lewis in exchange for a 2009 fifth-round selection (Frank Tupou).
The Patriots received four compensatory draft choices in 2010. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. Prior to the 2009 season, the Patriots lost five compensatory free agents – Heath Evans, Jabar Gaffney, Larry Izzo, LaMont Jordan and Lonnie Paxton – while signing one compensatory free agent, Brandon McGowan.

DRAFT ORDERThe NFL's 2010 draft order was derived from the reverse order of 2009 regular season records, with the exception of the Super Bowl champions and the Super Bowl runners-up. For teams with identical records, drafting priority is given to any team that did not qualify for the playoffs. The team that advances furthest in the playoffs will draft last in their group. The next tiebreaker is strength of schedule, with the team with the lowest strength of schedule drafting first. The final tiebreaker is a coin flip.

The draft order of teams with identical records will rotate by round, with the exception of the Super Bowl champions and the Super Bowl runners-up, which will draft last and next-to-last in each round. Teams involved in two-team ties will alternate positions from round to 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. New England and Cincinnati both finished with 10-6 records. Based on the strength of schedule tie breaker, the Bengals will draft first in the first round and the Patriots will draft first in the second round, with the two rotating throughout the rest of the draft.

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.

NEW FOR 2010
The first day of drafting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

PATRIOTS.COM DRAFT COVERAGE, the official website of the New England Patriots, will feature complete draft coverage during the buildup to the draft and throughout draft weekend. As fans get ready for the draft, will be the place to go for updated mock drafts, interviews with draft prospects and breakdowns of the top prospects at each position. During the draft, an updated Patriots draft board will keep track of all of the Patriots' selections as they happen. Check for biographies, statistics and college highlight videos on the newest members of the team in addition to a recap of each draftee's conference call with the New England media. Head Coach Bill Belichick's draft-day press conferences will be broadcast live and frequent news updates will be posted. Patriots Football Weekly writers will keep a running draft blog throughout the weekend and will also offer pre- and post-draft podcasts. PFW writers will also dissect the draft as it happens on Radio, which will broadcast live from Gillette Stadium from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. "Patriots Today," the team's online video news show will also feature special edition shows over the weekend. Additionally, fans can share their thoughts on the Patriots' picks in a draft-specific Fan Forum and Chat Room.

Also, fans will want to sign up and follow the Patriots on twitter for exclusive updates: @realpatriots. And if Facebook is your destination on the web, the Patriots Fan Page ( will have all the news as soon as it happens.

Patriots Today, the Patriots' Web TV show, will have continuous video updates available on throughout the three days of the NFL draft. Shows will include analysis of the Patriots picks, college highlights and reaction. Stay tuned to Patriots Today for a recap of the entire Patriots draft on Monday, April 26, as well coverage of the team's Rookie Mini Camp.

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2010 NFL Draft have been awarded to 19 teams. The Patriots received four compensatory choices in 2010, the most assigned to any NFL team. The Patriots have been awarded a total of 26 compensatory selections in the 17 years since the system was adopted prior to the 1994 draft. In 2000, the Patriots used a compensatory draft choice to select QB Tom Brady (sixth round, 199th overall).

Numbers and Positioning: The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents, with a maximum of four. The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

Formula: Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.


Rd Pick Team3 96 Cincinnati
3 97 Tennessee
3 98 Atlanta
4 131 Cincinnati
5 164 Pittsburgh
5 165 Atlanta
5 166 Pittsburgh
5 167 Minnesota
5 168 San Diego
5 169 Green Bay
6 202 Carolina
6 203 Jacksonville
6 204 Carolina
6 205 New England
6 206 San Francisco
6 207 Tennessee
7 240 Indianapolis
7 241 Tennessee
7 242 Pittsburgh
7 243 Philadelphia
7 244 Philadelphia
7 245 Seattle
7 246 Indianapolis
7 247 New England
7 248 New England
7 249 Carolina
7 250 New England
7 251 Oakland
7 252 Miami
7 253 Tampa Bay
7 254 St. Louis
7 255 Detroit

The Patriots first-round draft choices since the AFL/NFL drafting merger in 1967 are listed below. The Patriots made multiple first-round picks in 2004, 1999, 1998, 1991, 1990, 1980, 1977, 1976 and 1973. New England did not make a first-round pick in 2009, 2000, 1974 or 1972. Players currently on the Patriots roster are listed in bold.

Year Player Pick Pos School
2008 Jerod Mayo 10 LB Tennessee
2007 Brandon Meriweather 24 DB Miami (Fla.)
2006 Laurence Maroney 21 RB Minnesota
2005 Logan Mankins 32 OL Fresno State
2004a Vince Wilfork 21 DL Miami (Fla.)
2004b Benjamin Watson 32 TE Georgia
2003 Ty Warren 13 DT Texas
2002 Daniel Graham 21 TE Colorado
2001 Richard Seymour 6 DT Georgia
1999a Damien Woody 17 C Boston College
1999b Andy Katzenmoyer 28 LB Ohio State
1998a Robert Edwards 18 RB Georgia
1998b Tebucky Jones 22 DB Syracuse
1997 Chris Canty 29 CB Kansas State
1996 Terry Glenn 7 WR Ohio State
1995 Ty Law 23 CB Michigan
1994 Willie McGinest 4 LB Southern Cal
1993 Drew Bledsoe 1 QB Washington State
1992 Eugene Chung 13 G Virginia Tech
1991a Pat Harlow 11 T Southern Cal
1991b Leonard Russell 14 RB Arizona State
1990a Chris Singleton 8 LB Arizona
1990b Ray Agnew 10 DE N.C. State
1989 Hart Lee Dykes 16 WR Oklahoma State
1988 John Stephens 17 RB Northwestern
1987 Bruce Armstrong 23 T Louisville
1986 Reggie Dupard 26 RB S. Methodist
1985 Trevor Matich 28 C BYU
1984 Irving Fryar 1 WR Nebraska
1983 Tony Eason 15 QB Illinois
1982 Ken Sims 1 DE Texas
1981 Brian Holloway 19 T Stanford
1980a Roland James 14 DB Tennessee
1980b Vagas Ferguson 25 RB Notre Dame
1979 Rick Sanford 25 DB South Carolina
1978 Bob Cryder 18 G Alabama
1977a Raymond Clayborn 16 DB Texas
1977b Stanley Morgan 25 WR Tennessee
1976a Mike Haynes 5 DB Arizona State
1976b Pete Brock 12 C Colorado
1976c Tim Fox 21 DB Ohio State
1975 Russ Francis 16 TE Oregon
1973a John Hannah 4 G Alabama
1973b Sam Cunningham 11 RB Southern Cal
1973c Darryl Stingley 19 WR Purdue
1971 Jim Plunkett 1 QB Stanford
1970 Phil Olsen 4 DT Utah
1969 Ron Sellers 6 SE Florida State
1968 Dennis Byrd 6 DT N.C. State
1967 John Charles 21 DB Purdue

As of April 1, nine of the 63 players on the Patriots roster were drafted in the first round. Six of those nine first-rounders were selected by the Patriots. Twenty-two of the Patriots' 63 players as of April 21 were not drafted and entered the NFL as rookie free agents.


Guard .........................4
Quarterback ..............3
Running Back ...........7
Wide Receiver ..........6
Tight End ...................3
Center ........................3
Tackle ........................3
Offense ......................29

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Defensive Back ........10
Defensive Line ...........7
Linebacker ..................4
Defense .......................21


As of April 1, 2010. Players not drafted by the Patriots have their drafting team listed in parentheses.

First Round (9 Players)
Logan Mankins
Laurence Maroney
Jerod Mayo
Brandon Meriweather
Randy Moss (MIN)
Shawn Springs (SEA)
Fred Taylor (JAX)
Ty Warren
Vince Wilfork

Second Round (8)
Ron Brace
Darius Butler
Patrick Chung
Alge Crumpler
Kevin Faulk
Matt Light
Sebastian Vollmer
Terrence Wheatley

Third Round (5)Shawn Crable
Bruce Davis (PIT)
Nick Kaczur
Tyrone McKenzie
Brandon Tate

Fourth Round (6)
Sam Aiken (BUF)
Stephen Gostkowski
Rich Ohrnberger
James Sanders
Isaiah Stanback (DAL)
Jonathan Wilhite

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Fifth Round (6)
George Bussey
Dan Koppen
Sammy Morris (BUF)
Jeff Rowe (CIN)
Matthew Slater
Thomas Williams (JAC)

Sixth Round (4)
Tom Brady
Jake Ingram
Myron Pryor
Adalius Thomas (BAL)

Seventh Round (3)
Tully Banta-Cain
Julian Edelman
Darryl Richard

Undrafted Players (22)
Robbie Agnone
Eric Alexander
Kyle Arrington
Leigh Bodden
Dan Connolly
Adrian Grady
BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Gary Guyton
Brian Hoyer
Darnell Jenkins
Mark LeVoir
Bret Lockett
Brandon McGowan
Marques Murrell
Rob Myers
Stephen Neal
Ron Ninkovich
David Patten
Wes Welker
Ryan Wendell
Pierre Woods
Mike Wright



2010 marks the third time (2000 and 2007) that the Patriots received the maximum number of compensatory picks.

The number of trades involving draft picks last year, including 7 that were made on draft weekend

The Patriots and Cleveland Browns each have 12 selections in 2010, the most in the NFL.

12The Patriots enter the 2010 draft with 12 picks. If they use all of their selections it would be tied for the second highest draft day compilation since the draft was shortened in 1993. The Patriots drafted 12 players in 2009 and 13 in 1996.

22The last time the Patriots owned the 22nd overall pick was in 1998 when they picked S Tebucky Jones from Syracuse.

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