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Primer: 2019 NFL Draft

Everything you need to know about the 2019 NFL Draft.


The New England Patriots hold 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., which is tied with the New York Giants for the most overall picks in 2019. The Patriots 12 picks are tied for the second-highest draft day compilation for the team since the draft was shortened in 1993. The Patriots drafted 12 players in 2009 and 13 in 1996. Six of the Patriots 12 selections are scheduled for the first three rounds. The team record for most picks through the first three rounds is seven in the 1982 draft. They also made six such picks in 1998 and 2009.


The 2019 NFL Draft will take place this year in Nashville, Tennessee and consists of seven rounds with a total of 254 selections. In addition, a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to NFL teams.


  • 8 p.m. (ET) Thursday, April 25, 2019 (Round 1)
  • 7 p.m. (ET) Friday, April 26, 2019 (Rounds 2-3)
  • 12 p.m. (ET) Saturday, April 27, 2019 (Rounds (4-7)


The 2019 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio and ESPN Radio.


ABC, NFL Network and ESPN all offer live streams of the NFL Draft (may require logging in through your cable provider).

In addition, will live stream post-draft press conferences at the conclusion of each day of the draft. Plus, catch a special draft day edition of Patriots All Access from 7pm - 7:30pm ET on Thursday, April 25th.

FOLLOW THE DRAFT ON PATRIOTS.COM RADIO:'s flagship radio show, Patriots Unfiltered will offer live coverage of the NFL Draft with instant analysis of all the picks. The schedule of live shows are noted below (all times eastern):

  • Thursday, April 25 - 8pm to end of first round
  • Friday, April 26 - 7pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, April 27 - 2pm - 4pm

You can listen to radio live on, the Patriots official app for iOS and Android, TuneIn Radio or ask your Alexa powered device to 'Play PatriotsDotCom Radio.'



The 2019 NFL Draft will consist of seven rounds with a total of 254 selections. In addition, a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded.


  • Round 1: 10 minutes per selection
  • Round 2: 7 minutes per selection
  • Rounds 3-6: 5 minutes per selection
  • Round 7: 4 minutes per selection


The NFL's 2019 draft order was derived from the reverse order of 2018 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.


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 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 possess 12 selections (as of April 22nd) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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1 32 (32) Assigned Selection
2a* 24 (56) From Chicago
2b 32 (64) Assigned Selection
3a* 10 (73) From Detroit
3b 34 (97) Compensatory Selection
3c 38 (101) Compensatory Selection
4 32 (134) Assigned Selection
6 33 (205) Compensatory Selection
7a* 25 (239) From Philadelphia
7b* 29 (243) From Cleveland
7c 32 (246) Assigned Selection
7d 38 (252) Compensatory Selection


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3# 32 (95) Traded to Cleveland
5& 32 (170) Traded to Cleveland
6@ 32 (204) Traded to Detroit


2a: New England acquired Chicago's 2019 second-round draft pick (56th overall) and their 2018 fourth-round draft pick (105th overall) in a 2018 draft-day trade in exchange for New England's 2018 second-round draft pick (51st overall).

3a: New England acquired Detroit's 2019 third-round draft pick (73rd overall) in a 2018 draft day trade in exchange for its 2018 fourth-round pick (114th overall).

7a: New England acquired Philadelphia's 2019 seventh-round draft pick (239th overall) and their 2018 seventh-round draft pick (250th overall) in a 2018 draft-day trade in exchange for New England's 2018 seventh-round draft pick (233rd overall).

7b&: New England acquired Cleveland's 2019 seventh-round draft pick (243rd overall) and WR Josh Gordon in a trade on Sept. 17, 2018, in exchange for its 2019 fifth-round draft pick (170th overall).

#: New England is without its 2019 third-round draft selection (95th overall) due to a trade with Cleveland on March 14, 2018, in exchange for DL Danny Shelton and their 2018 fifth-round draft pick (159th overall).

@: New England is without its 2019 sixth-round draft pick (204th overall) due to a trade with Detroit on Sept. 2, 2017, in exchange for DB Johnson Bademosi.


PATRIOTS AT #32: The Patriots have made five selections at No. 32 overall, including back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005. Most recently, they selected DL Malcom Brown out of Texas in 2015, who started 51-of-60 regular-season games played and started in three consecutive Super Bowls. In 2005, they selected G Logan Mankins from Fresno State, who would start in all 130 games he appeared in over eight seasons in New England, and in 2004 they selected TE Ben Watson from Georgia, who started 47 of 71 games over six seasons in New England and made 20 touchdown receptions.

NOTABLE PICKS: The 32nd pick produced 12-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winning QB Drew Brees (San Diego) with the first pick of the second round in 2001 out of Purdue. Waltham, Mass. native and Boston College DT Fred Smerlas (Buffalo) was also drafted 32nd in the 1979 draft and finished his career with two seasons in New England from 1991-1992.

PATRIOTS AT #56: The Patriots have made seven selections at No. 56 overall, including last season when they selected DB Duke Dawson from Florida. Dawson spent most of the season on injured reserve and was inactive for the final six regular-season games and all three playoff contests. In 2011, they selected RB Shane Vereen out of California, who appeared in 58 games over four seasons and set a then Super Bowl record for receptions by a running back with 11 receptions in Super Bowl XLIX vs. Seattle. The 56th selection was also used by the Patriots on WR Vincent Brisby out of N.E. Louisiana in 1993, who started 46-of-83 games over seven seasons in New England, and on WR Cedric Jones of Duke in 1982, who appeared in 120 games over nine seasons from 1982-1990.

NOTABLE PICKS: In 2017, DB Obi Melifonwu (Oakland) was selected with the 56th pick out of Connecticut. The Grafton, Mass. native was released by the Raiders in October of 2018 and then signed by the New England Patriots, appearing in two regular-season games and making his postseason debut in the 2018 AFC Championship victory at Kansas City.


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