FOXBORO -- Dominique Easley is joining some pretty exclusive company.

FOXBORO — The Patriots selected defensive end Dominique Easley with the 29th overall pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night.

FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo wants to believe he’ll be ready for the Patriots’ 2014 season but the truth is, he just isn’t sure.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming NFL draft. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Patriots are predicted by many to take a defensive end or tight end with the 29th pick of the first round.

The Patriots confirmed Monday night that they have signed veteran defensive lineman Will Smith

The 32-year-old Smith, who was cut loose by the Saints earlier in the offseason, is coming off a torn ACL that sidelined him for the bulk of the 2013 season. The Ohio State product, who has 67.5 career sacks, has spent 10 seasons in the NFL, all with New Orleans.

The Bristol County district attorney’s office said Thursday that Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock opened the pre-draft process linking the Patriots to Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, saying New England would be a “logical” landing spot for Amaro if the Patriots end up sticking at No. 29.

Dustin Keller is making a free agent visit to Foxboro on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.

The 29-year-old Keller, who has spent six seasons in the NFL, suffered a nasty knee injury in the 2013 preseason which kept him sidelined for the year. His best season came in 2011 when he had 65 catches and 815 yards (both career highs) for the Jets. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder has played for both the Jets and Dolphins.

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Rob Gronkowski sounded an optimistic note about the state of his current rehab, but still wouldn’t comment on specifics when asked by WAAF’s Greg Hill about a possible return date.

Speaking with Hill on Tuesday morning, Gronkowski wouldn’t say if he’d be ready for the 2014 regular-season opener.

FOXBORO — While there’s almost no chance Johnny Manziel will be on the board when the Patriots draft at No. 29, there is the possibility that Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles might be.

What about Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo?