FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk surprised a lot of people when he showed up to the NFL draft Friday night to announce the Patriots’ third-round pick with a Tom Brady jersey under his sport jacket — showing support for the quarterback who had his four-game suspension reinstated earlier in the week.

A lot of people throughout Patriot Nation approved of the attire, even Bill Belichick.

“Love Kevin. He always makes good decisions,” Belichick said Saturday night following the draft. “Looked sharp out there.”

Faulk explained the move to WEEI.com’s Chris Price earlier in the day.

“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” Faulk said. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”

He also said Brady texted him afterwards giving his approval.

When announcing the pick, Faulk said, “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Another Rex Ryan press conference and another press conference of Rex Ryan talking about the Patriots.

In his post-draft press conference, Ryan commented on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being reinstated last week.

Another Rex Ryan press conference and another press conference of Rex Ryan talking about the Patriots.

In his post-draft press conference, Ryan commented on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being reinstated last week.

“It is what it is. We’re gonna play them if Steve Grogan is their quarterback,” Ryan said via ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

The Bills will play the Patriots Oct. 2, which will be the final game of Brady’s suspension.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of wide receiver Devin Lucien with the 225th pick in the draft.

FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of linebacker Elandon Roberts with the 214th pick in the draft.

Wide receiver Devin Lucien was taken in the seventh round by the Patriots. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Devin Lucien was taken in the seventh round by the Patriots. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of wide receiver Devin Lucien with the 225th pick in the draft.

1. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Lucien spent three seasons at UCLA before transferring to Arizona State for his senior season. For his college career, he caught 124 passes for 1,826 yards and 12 touchdowns in his four years in the Pac-12. His best year came as a senior when he had 66 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns. His quarterback called him “the most competitive person I’ve been around.”

2. Lucien garnered some attention during the pre-draft process when he was named the top sleeper in the draft by Pro Football Focus for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that he had just three drops in 98 targets: “There are a number of receivers in this class who project as good NFL players, and that depth has pushed Lucien down draft boards, making him a potentially excellent value. He has strong hands and plenty of experience adjusting to poorly-thrown passes at Arizona State, so he can make plays even when covered. He’s effective on the outside and on shorter routes, so look for Lucien to provide an effective option in the second or third tier of wide receiver prospects.”

3. He does have some positional versatility, but he primarily played on the outside over the course of his college career. He did not work much if at all as a return man; a lack of special teams experience means he will face an uphill battle for playing time against the likes of Nate Washington, Aaron Dobson and Chris Hogan for the role as primary outside receiver.

Here are some highlights:

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — With No. 221 overall and the last pick in the sixth round, the Patriots selected Illinois guard Ted Karras.

Here are three incredibly thoughts.

Ted Karras was taken No. 221 by the Patriots. (Matthew O'Haren/USA Today Sports)

Ted Karras was taken No. 221 by the Patriots. (Matthew O’Haren/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — With No. 221 overall and the last pick in the sixth round, the Patriots selected Illinois guard Ted Karras.

Here are three incredibly thoughts.

1. Standing 6-foot-3, Karras started all four years at Illinois at right guard, although he missed the final four games of his junior season with a torn left ACL and MCL. He did bounce back and played all 12 games during his senior season. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten in both 2014 and 2015.

2. Karras comes from a football family as seven members of his family have played Big Ten football and four of them went on to the NFL. The biggest name is the late Pro Bowler Alex Karras, who is Ted’s great uncle. He then went on to star in the TV show “Webster.”

3. He has a unique superstition where instead of listening to music pregame, he pours two large bottles of water over his head and then yells like a Viking, according to a 2015 ESPN story.

“I’m definitely calmer now,” Karras said, without a hint of irony. “I would get so amped up before, I would get so nervous, and I wouldn’t perform as well in the first quarter. I’d just come out and try to kill someone on a block and completely miss.”

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Ryan Hannable
Elandon Roberts was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots. (Getty Images)

Elandon Roberts was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots. (Getty Images)

Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of linebacker Elandon Roberts with the 214th pick in the draft.

1. A 6-foot, 235-pounder out of the University of Houston, Roberts developed a rep as a tackling machine in college, finishing the 2015 season with 88 solo tackles (tops in the NCAA) and 142 tackles total. He also had six sacks, 19 tackles for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles. At his pro day, he ran 4.6 seconds in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot broad jump and bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times.

2. Known as a high character guy, Houston coach Tom Herman called Roberts one of the best leaders he’s had.

3. Not invited to the combine, he’s already vowed to make the rest of the league pay for the slight. At the professional level, he’ll start as a special teamer and make his way from there. He’s on Twitter at @Roberts_44.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price