Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Picked-up Patriots draft nuggets
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio is scheduled to hold his annual pre-draft news conference at noon ET, and with this in mind, here are some picked-up draft pieces from the team's media information packet:
1. Will be a late night in round one. If the Patriots keep the No. 29 overall pick, the estimated time they will make their selection is 11:30 p.m. ET. That projection is based on how the 2013 draft unfolded time-wise.
2. Alternating picks with 49ers. The Patriots and 49ers will alternate between the 29th and 30th picks in each round as they both finished 12-4 last season.
3. Reminder of time limits. In Round 1, each team gets 10 minutes per pick. In Round 2, each team gets seven minutes per pick. In Rounds 3-7, each team gets five minutes per pick.
4. Patriots enter with eight picks. The team has selections in the first (29th), second (62nd), third (93rd), fourth (130th), fourth (140th, compensatory), sixth (198th, from Philadelphia), sixth (206th) and seventh (244th) rounds. The fifth-round selection was traded to the Eagles for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick last October. The fourth-round compensatory draft choice can't be traded.
5. Expect some trades. This will be Bill Belichick's 15th draft with the Patriots, and the only year in which at least one draft-day trade wasn't consummated was 2004. The Patriots have traded down 16 times on draft day, and traded up 17 times. Some might be surprised at those numbers based on the reputation the team has as one that likes to move down (at least in the first round). Total number of draft-day trades made by Belichick: 52.