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.

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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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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — At last the Patriots have made another selection.

With pick No. 208 the Patriots have selected linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. Here are three incredibly early thoughts.

The Patriots took Kamu Grugier-Hill with their first pick of the sixth round. (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots took Kamu Grugier-Hill with their first pick of the sixth round. (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — At last the Patriots have made another selection.

With pick No. 208 the Patriots have selected linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. Here are three incredibly early thoughts.

1. Grugier-Hill ran his 40-time in 4.40 and 4.44 seconds at his pro day. He also had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, but measured 6-2 1/8 and 208 pounds. He projects to be a safety in the NFL, although he played linebacker at Eastern Illinois, the same school as Jimmy Garoppolo.

2. Given his skill set, he could project as a special-teamer in the NFL, similar to Brandon King.

3. Grugier-Hill is a native of Hawaii and is on Twitter @k_grugierhill.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk pretty much secured his spot in the Patriots Hall of Fame Friday night when he strolled on stage to announce the Patriots third-round pick wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

Kevin Faulk and Tom Brady are longtime friends.  (Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Faulk and Tom Brady are longtime friends. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk pretty much secured his spot in the Patriots Hall of Fame Friday night when he strolled on stage to announce the Patriots third-round pick wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

Faulk, who spent 12 years as Brady’s teammate, walked on stage wearing a blue Brady No. 12. Standing next to executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent — who has played a central role in the Deflategate scandal — he announced: “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

On Saturday, Faulk walked through the decision.

“There was a process where you got on the green room, and the woman from the NFL comes to get you to bring you to the stage,” Faulk said to WEEI.com. “The person who came to get me, she was a huge Patriots fan. She said, ‘Oh, I love it.’ I got out there, and I heard some cheers and some boos. There will always be some negatives and some positives, but it was mostly positive.”

Faulk said he got a text from Brady afterward. He wouldn’t share the details of the message, but gave the general gist of what the quarterback said.

“Let’s just say that were all all brothers from a different mother,” Faulk said with a laugh.

“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” he added. “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.”

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 that Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the 2016 regular season.

“That’s why Kevin Faulk is a potential member of the Patriots Hall of Fame,” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said with a smile late Friday when asked about Faulk’s move. “We all love Kevin Faulk. Nobody more than Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick and I was actually able to develop a real good relationship with Kevin Faulk. Kevin Faulk’s one of the best Patriots on a multitude of levels and I think he certainly showed that tonight.”

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Christopher Price
Malcolm Mitchell was taken by the Patriots in the fourth round Saturday. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Malcolm Mitchell was taken by the Patriots in the fourth round Saturday. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Malcolm Mitchell penned a children’s book a few years back, drawing on his own inspirational story. Now, he’s looking to author another amazing tale.

The fourth round pick of the Patriots (112th overall), who caught 174 passes for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns over the course of his career at the University of Georgia, is aiming to make the transition to the National Football League.

“It’s exciting. An opportunity that you can only play and hope for. For me to get that opportunity. I’m truly thankful,” he said shortly after New England called his name in the draft. “It’s my job to come up there and work as hard as I can to show that they made a good decision.”

Mitchell, who spent some time as a cornerback in high school and as a returner briefly in college, starred for three years at Georgia. But he also gained a measure of notoriety for his off-field work. His love to reading led to him join a book club. He also authored a book of his own.

“The book club is awesome,” he said. “The book club helped me grow into a better individual. A person who learns and grows throughout life in general. I joined the book club two or three years ago. From there, it just grew into this story. Honestly, it was an innocent interaction that I had with someone in a bookstore that grew into the story today.”

When it comes to Mitchell’s love of reading, there’s a backstory, as he struggled to lean how to read as a youngster. He was asked if he anticipated any issues with picking up the responsibilities needed to survive and thrive in the New England offense.

“I appreciate the question,” he said. “I took a visit with the Patriots, and we went over several different things to see if I would be a good fit for their system. For them to pick me up lets me know that they have confidence in me to make that adjustment and to learn what I have learn to be the most effective player I can be on the field.”

Mitchell is more familiar with the area than many draftees — he took a pre-draft visit with the Patriots, and also spent a part of last spring working as an intern with The Markley Group.

“When I came up there for a team visit,” he said, “I loved every bit of it.

“I’m looking forward to coming up there and playing,” he added. “I told the Patriots I’m willing to do anything I need to to help the team any way I can. Regardless of if I have to play on offense. Any special teams. I’ll fill up the water if they need me to.”

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Christopher Price