Friday, January 21, 2011
Updating Patriots draft picks
By Mike Reiss
The Patriots' haul of draft picks for 2011 has now come into complete focus, with information on the trades that involved undisclosed picks revealed.
The final piece came when it was confirmed that the Patriots traded their higher fourth-round draft choice to Seattle -- the one acquired from Denver in the Laurence Maroney trade -- for receiver Deion Branch. That information was initially reported by Danny O'Neill of the Seattle Times.
The Broncos' pick in the fourth round is the second slot of that round, while the Patriots' pick is 28th, accounting for a 26-point difference.
Updated draft selections 1a. From Oakland (17th)
1b. Original pick (28th)
2a. From Carolina (33rd)
2b. Original pick (60th)
3a. From Minnesota (74th)
3b. Original pick (92nd)
4. Original pick
5. Original pick
6. Original pick
(Compensatory draft choices could still be awarded in March/April.)
NOTES: Seventh-round pick traded to Atlanta for OL Quinn Ojinnaka. ... Sixth-round draft choice acquired from New Orleans for TE David Thomas traded to Denver in Laurence Maroney trade. ... Fourth-round draft choice acquired from Denver for RB Laurence Maroney traded to Seattle for WR Deion Branch.