Thursday, April 25, 2013
Welcome to Gillette Stadium
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where Patriots draft headquarters is located. This is also where a large number of reporters covering the team will work tonight.
Here at ESPNBoston.com, it's me and Mike Rodak at Gillette. Colleague Field Yates is in New York at Radio City Music Hall assisting ESPN on the television side.
The plan will be to keep a running blog post on each pick in the draft, with a quick-hit thought. Feel free to join in the discussion in the comments section of that blog entry when it goes live at 7:55 p.m. ET.
Any other relevant Patriots information -- such as how the club is hosting members of the Boston police department tonight (hat tip Erik Scalavino) -- will also be passed along on the blog. The team's annual draft party is taking place in the club here at Gillette, and owner Robert Kraft is expected to address the crowd before the draft. In New York, former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi -- who helped some of those injured in the Boston Marathon bombings -- has been picked to announce New England's first selection.
The feeling here is that there is a strong likelihood of the Patriots attempting to trade the No. 29 overall pick, assuming they can find a dance partner. My sense is that they don't covet any particular player in the draft that is expected to be on the board by the time they pick, although there is always the possibility of a player sliding in a pleasant surprise (e.g. Vince Wilfork in 2004).
The Patriots' No. 29 selection is expected to be made in the 10:45-11 p.m. ET range.