The Patriots selected Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan with their initial third-round selection, 83rd overall.
Ryan, who said he learned from former Rutgers teammate and current Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, led Rutgers in pass breakups in each of the last two seasons.
At 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds, he is considered to have good size and is a strong tackler with good ball skills.
Ryan is also considered a special teams standout. He started 27 of 37 games at Rutgers, all at cornerback, and deflected 39 passes and intercepted seven.