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.

While some of the branches have been pruned from the Bill Belichick coaching tree the last few seasons, there’s still a sizable collection of former assistants and other comrades at the college level who the Patriots’ coach has leaned on for advice throughout the pre-draft process.

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In no particular order, here are 10 things we learned this week about the Patriots and the NFL:

FOXBORO -- Asked Thursday if he sees his role potentially changing if veteran Matt Light does decide to retire, Nate Solder said he’s ready for pretty much anything.

“I don’t know what my role is going to be,” Solder said when asked about Light and his future. “Right now, my mindset is to get better. There’s a lot I have to improve on, and that’s what I’m going to work on right now and improve on.”