ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen joined Mut & Merloni Friday morning to discus the Patriots' first-round selections. The Pats twice traded to improve their spot in Round 1 Thursday night, an abrupt departure from their normal way of doing things.

FOXBORO -- In a year that featured more first-round trades than any draft in NFL history, Bill Belichick and the Patriots certainly did their part on Thursday night, moving up twice and picking up a pair of defenders in

FOXBORO -- The Patriots continued their stunning first-round moves on Thursday by making their second move up the draft board and selecting playmaking linebacker Dont'a Hightower. 

The Alabama linebacker was chosen at No. 25 overall after the Patriots traded the 31st pick and a fourth-rounder to the Broncos. 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots pulled off a first-round trade, moving up in the first round for the first time since 2003 to take 6-foot-5 defensive end Chandler Jones at No. 21 overall. 

The Patriots traded the 27th pick and a third-round selection to the Bengals in exchange for the chance to move up to take the pass-rushing edge player who had moved quickly up the draft boards around the NFL in the last week. 

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was chosen by the Colts with the first overal pick of the NFL Draft Thursday, while the Redskins followed through on a promise made by their general manager Bruce Allen earlier in the day and selected Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin, III. Luck entered this draft as the consensus No. 1 overall pick to succeed Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. 

As they say around Foxboro, the hay is in the barn.

While coaches will tell you the status of every member of their current roster dictates their approach in the NFL draft, no player will have a greater impact on how the Patriots operate this week than defensive back Devin McCou

Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest hammered Wes Welker on Tuesday, blasting the receiver for hinting that he’d skip the team’s mandatory June minicamp unless he got a long-term deal.

The Patriots have placed offensive lineman Matt Light on the reserve/retired list, Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and 101 ESPN in St. Louis reported on Tuesday afternoon. A second-round pick out of Purdue in 2001, the veteran protected Tom Brady's blind side for the better part of 11 seasons, starting 153 of 155 games and earning three trips to the Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl rings in the process. The 33-year-old is a member of the Patriots' 50th Anniversary and All-2000s teams.

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, in an interview on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show, discussed his desire for a long-term deal and why he has yet to sign a one-year, $9.5 million franchise tenure.