FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired the Panthers' 2011 second-round pick in exchange for the 89th pick, which they had initially gotten from the Cardinals. A pick later, they selected Ohio receiver Taylor Price. The 6-foot-flat, 204-pound Price had 14 touchdowns in four years at Ohio. He received 2nd-team All-MAC honors as a junior. He runs in the 4.4's but isn't much of a factor in the return game, having returned just 10 kicks and zero punts at Ohio. For more on the Patriots and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 

 The Patriots have taken another Florida Gator, with inside linebacker Brandon Spikes the selection at No. 62 of the second round.

 

 Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is the pick for the Patriots at No. 53. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Cunningham figures to be an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4. In four years at Florida, Cunningham had 33 tackles for losses and 18.5 sacks. Cunningham has off-the-field issues, as he was arrested back in December for attacking a restaurant employee after being told he had to pay for a bag of chips. A quadriceps strain kept him from working out at the Combine or Florida’s Pro Day.

 The Patriots traded up two spots with the Raiders, going from No. 44 to No. 42 to select Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. The junior missed all of last year due to back surgery but had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and is believed by many to be the most complete tight end in the draft. For more on Gronkowski and and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 

There were plenty of surprises in Round 1 of the NFL draft Thursday night, which means elite players remain on the board heading into the second round. The Patriots' selection of cornerback Devin McCourty may have been a bit of a luxury pick, so it's important that they target help at linebacker, defensive end and tight end in the second round.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' selection of his player, Devin McCourty, in the first round of Thursday night's draft. Patriots fans may be underwhelmed by McCourty, but Schiano said the team is getting a special player -- and not just a special teams player.

 

FOXBORO — Devin McCourty was as surprised as anyone.



With the 27th overall pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty. Known as a premier kick returner, the 5-foot-11, 193-pound McCourty had six interceptions in three seasons at cornerback with the Scarlet Knights. For more Patriots updates, check out It Is What It Is.

The Patriots have traded down twice in the first round of Thursday night's draft, making a deal with the Broncos to move from the 22nd overall pick to the 24th overall selection. They then traded down again — this time with the Cowboys — for the 27th overall pick. They currently hold the No. 27 overall selection in the NFL Draft, as well as four other picks in the top 90. For more Patriots updates, check out It Is What It Is.
 

This past week, WEEI has been polling our readers on who they thought the Patriots should take with their first-round pick by opening a bracket with 16 names that could be available when the Patriots are on the clock with the 22nd overall selection. Well, we are down to the final two players. CLICK HERE to launch the bracket to see who advanced to the finals and to vote on the champion. We’ll announce the winner right before the draft starts on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m.