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Patriots hold five selections in 2013 NFL Draft

The New England Patriots hold five selections in the 2013 NFL draft. Barring the acquisition of additional picks, it will be the lowest number of draft picks in franchise history.


78th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting
Thursday, April 25, Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2013

The New England Patriots hold five selections in the 2013 NFL draft. Barring the acquisition of additional picks, it will be the lowest number of draft picks in franchise history. Currently, the lowest number of draft picks was the 2002 NFL Draft, which consisted of a first, second, two fourths and two seventh round picks. Those six picks netted four players that went on to have significant careers with the team. First-round pick TE Daniel Graham, second-round pick WR Deion Branch, fourth-round pick DE Jarvis Green and seventh-round pick WR David Givens all earned starting rolls with the Patriots.

8:00 p.m. (ET), Thursday, April 25, 2013 (Round 1) 6:30 p.m. (ET), Friday, April 26, 2013 (Rounds 2-3) 12:00 p.m. (ET), Saturday, April 27, 2013 (Rounds 4-7)

The 2013 NFL Draft will consist of seven rounds with a total of 254 picks. Each team is assigned one pick per round based on the reverse order of finish of the 2012 season. In addition, a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded. New England holds five total picks. ON THE Round 1 – 10 minutes per selection. 

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


As of April 5, the Patriots possess five selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Round Selection Overall How Acquired
1 29 29 Assigned Selection
2 29 59 Assigned Selection
3 29 91 Assigned Selection
4 29 126 Traded to Tampa Bay
5 29 162 Traded to Washington
6 29 197 Traded to Cincinnati
7 20 226 Obtained from Tampa Bay*
7 29 235 Assigned Selection

The Patriots traded their 2013 fourth-round pick (126th) to Tampa Bay on Nov. 1, 2012 in exchange for CB Aqib Talib and a 2013 seventh round pick (226th).

The Patriots traded their 2013 fifth-round pick (162nd) to Washington on July 29, 2011 in exchange for DL Albert Haynesworth.

The Patriots traded their 2013 sixth-round pick (197th) and a 2012 fifth round pick (Marvin Jones) to Cincinnati on July 29, 2011 in exchange for WR Chad Johnson.

*Tampa Bay acquired the 226th pick from Chicago



The NFL's 2013 draft order was derived from the reverse order of 2012 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.

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.

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.

The National Football League has announced the names of 73 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft. Each of the 73 players has met the league's threeyear eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 15, 2013.

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2013 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams. The Patriots did not receive a compensatory pick in 2013, but have been awarded a total of 26 compensatory selections in the 20 years since the system was adopted prior to the 1994 draft, tied for the seventh most along with Pittsburgh and Buffalo. 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.




PATRIOTS AT #29:** New England picked 29th in 1997, when it selected CB Chris Canty out of Kansas State. Canty appeared in all 32 games in his two years with the team (1997-1998), starting 10 games at cornerback, posting 76 tackles, three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed.

NOTABLE PICKS: C Nick Mangold was selected with the 29th pick by the New York Jets in 2006 and was selected to four Pro Bowls in his seven years in the league (2008-2011). The Detroit Lions picked LB Chris Spielman 29th in 1988. He holds the team records for career tackles (1,138) and tackles in a season (195, 1994). T Bubba Paris was selected with the 29th pick in 1982 by the San Francisco 49ers and was a key member of three Super Bowl championship teams while with San Francisco.

Last year, the Minnesota Vikings used the 29th pick to select defensive back Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame. In his rookie season, Smith started all 16 games at safety, registering 70 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, two touchdowns, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


PATRIOTS AT #59: The Patriots have twice selected 59th, choosing DL Brandon Mitchell (Texas A&M) in 1997 and QB Tom Hodson (LSU) in 1990. Mitchell played in 62 games with 37 starts for the Patriots from 1997-2001, recording 82 tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed. Hodson played in 32 games with 16 starts as a Patriot from 1990-1992, throwing for 1,809 yards and seven touchdowns.

NOTABLE PICKS: CB Aeneas Williams was selected with the 59th pick in 1991 by the Phoenix Cardinals. He was named a firstteam All-Pro three times (1995, 1997, 2001) and finished his career with 55 interceptions, 12 touchdowns (nine interception, three fumble) and 23 fumble recoveries. The New York Giants picked QB Jeff Hostetler with the 59th pick in 1984. Hostetler finished his 12-year career with 16,430 yards passing and 94 touchdowns, in addition to a 112.0 postseason passer rating.

Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles used the 59th pick to select DE Vinny Curry from Marshall. He appeared in six games and recorded eight tackles.



PATRIOTS AT #91:** The Patriots have made two selections at 91, most recently in 1999 when selecting DB Tony George out of Florida. George played in 31 games over two seasons with the Patriots (1999-2000), compiling 13 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 21 special teams tackles. The team picked Arkansas State WR Steve Burks in 1975. Burks appeared in 34 games in three seasons with the team (1975- 1977), registering 13 receptions for 264 yards.

NOTABLE PICKS: LB Mike Vrabel was selected with the 91st pick in 1997 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Vrabel recorded 57 sacks and 11 interceptions on defense and caught 10 passes, all for touchdowns in his 14-year career. He was a member of three Super Bowl Championship teams with New England. The L.A Rams picked QB Vince Ferragamo with the 91st pick in 1977. In the 1979 playoffs, Ferragamo became the first quarterback to start a Super Bowl in the same season as his first career start.

Last year, the Atlanta Falcons used the 91st pick to select tackle Lamar Holmes out of Southern Mississippi. In his rookie season, Holmes appeared in one game.



Round................. How Acquired
1..................... Assigned Selection
2..................... Assigned Selection
3..................... Assigned Selection
4..................... Assigned Selection
5..................... Assigned Selection
6..................... Assigned Selection
7 .................... Assigned Selection

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