The Patriots did not trade Jimmy Garoppolo Thursday night. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)Take a bow Adam Schefter. 



Jimmy Garoppolo was not traded Thursday night. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo was not traded Thursday night. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Patriots didn’t have a selection in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, they still were impacted by what took place in what was a wild, and unpredictable night.

There was a big run on skill players early on in the draft, a number of trades, as well as some unique players selected.

Here are five Patriots related thoughts from the first round.

1. With three trades involving teams trading up for quarterbacks (Bears, Chiefs and Texans), the Patriots could have got a haul in return for Jimmy Garoppolo, but Adam Schefter was right, it seems the Patriots never gave these teams a chance to trade for him. Many pegged this quarterback class as being one of the worst in years and Garoppolo would have been by far the best among the group, but yet teams gave up future first-round picks in order to move up in the draft and select Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. While we already knew it, Thursday just confirmed even more that the Patriots really, really like Garoppolo.

2. While Garoppolo wasn’t traded, the rumors may continue. The Browns didn’t get a quarterback and even traded out of No. 12 when they could have selected Watson. With them being the team seemingly most interested in Garoppolo, and still not having a quarterback but more assets, the rumors could still continue. Cleveland now has two first-round picks next year to go along with three second-round picks as well. Even with all that capital, it doesn’t seem like it will be enough to change New England’s mind. A player to keep an eye on now for Cleveland is Kirk Cousins, but if they don’t get him they seem likely to enter training camp with Cody Kessler as its starter.

3. It appears the Saints made the right choice by not signing/trading for Malcolm Butler this offseason. With pick No. 11 overall, New Orleans was able to get the best cornerback available in Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State. Due to the run on offensive skill players, Lattimore slid to them. If the Saints were to get Butler they would have likely needed to give up pick No. 32 overall and also sign him to a long-term deal. With Lattimore they didn’t need to give anything up and will get him signed on a better deal than the deal would have been for Butler.

4. The rest of the AFC East actually had a good night with all three other teams selecting defensive players. At No. 6 overall, the Jets took cornerback Jamal Adams. At No. 22 overall, the Dolphins selected edge rusher Charles Harris from Missouri, and then the Bills traded back at No. 10 with Kansas City. Buffalo received the Chiefs’ pick at No. 27 and then their third-round pick and first-round pick next year. This was a solid trade by the Bills. With pick No. 27 they took corner Tre’Davious White from LSU, likely to replace Stephon Gilmore. While everyone likes to poke fun at the AFC East, Thursday was not a night to do so. There still is a big gap between them and the Patriots, but it was a step in the right direction for the rest of the division.

5. The Patriots didn’t have a first-round pick because they used it to acquire Brandin Cooks from the Saints. With four receivers going in the first round, several in the top 10, it appears the Patriots got great value for a player like Cooks by just needing to give up pick No. 32 (there was more to the deal, but this was the big piece). With that pick, the Saints selected Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramcyzk at No. 32 overall. The Patriots reportedly liked him, but would obviously rather have a player like Cooks.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It was 17 years ago when Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots, so while it was a long time ago, he knows what players are going through.

On Thursday night, the 39-year-old quarterback gave some advice on social media to all NFL draft hopefuls this weekend.

It was 17 years ago when Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots, so while it was a long time ago, he knows what players are going through.

On Thursday night, the 39-year-old quarterback gave some advice on social media to all NFL draft hopefuls this weekend.

Brady wrote: Remember: they can’t measure heart. Whether you’re picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Here is the post.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

If you expected the Patriots to trade up in the draft, maybe think again.

The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi knows the inner workings of the Patriots better than anyone in the media, as he worked under Bill Belichick for several years and still remains one of his close friends.

Mike Lombardi predicts Bill Belichick will not trade up. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi predicts Bill Belichick will not trade up. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

If you expected the Patriots to trade up in the draft, maybe think again.

The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi knows the inner workings of the Patriots better than anyone in the media, as he worked under Bill Belichick for several years and still remains one of his close friends.

Speaking on the “GM Street” podcast, Lombardi said he believes the Patriots will not trade up and they will make their first selection in the third round at No. 72 overall because they already got their needs via free agency.

“Yeah, I definitely do [think their first pick will be No. 72],” Lombardi said. “I don’t think he is going to move. He has six picks. Look, when you look at their team — here is the other thing people don’t do — I tweeted this yesterday. For example, the Baltimore Ravens have 30 percent play time that they have to replace from last year’s team. So what does that mean? When you take all of the players that left, [they] take playing time with them, right? You cut [Elvis] Dumervil and he has X amount of play time, and you cut or lose this player, he has X play time. You have to replace that play time. Now, what teams do in free agency is they replace that play time with other guys. New England lost 20 percent of their play time with the seven guys they lost, but replaced it with these guys [in free agency]. You do that. Baltimore hasn’t done that. It has to come from guys already on their team or though the draft.”

Lombardi also gave some insight as to what the Patriots draft room looked like when he was in it during his time in New England.

“Bill takes information,” he said. “In Bill’s room, there’s not many people. It was me, Ernie Adams, Nick Caserio, Jon Robinson, Bob Quinn. There were about five or six people. Very small draft room.”

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Aaron Hernandez's mansion in North Attleboro will likely be sold Friday. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s mansion in North Attleboro will likely be sold Friday. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s estate is now worth nothing.

The disgraced ex-NFL star’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, received authorization to close the sale of Hernandez’s nearly $1.3 million mansion in North Attleboro by Friday, the Boston Herald reports. Her attorney, George J. Leontire, filed an affidavit this week in Bristol Probate and Family Court. It says Jenkins Hernandez has received an offer to buy the home.

Proceeds from the sale of the 15-room, 7,100-square-foot house would be included in the wrongful-death suit filed against Hernandez’s estate by Odin Lloyd’s mother. In a press conference last week, her lawyer issued a friendly challenge towards the Patriots, asking them to voluntarily make payments to the family.

“We urge the New England Patriots to work with the player’s association to voluntarily make these payments of little consequence to the team, of tremendous assistance to these struggling, deserving families who are hurting, like Ursula’s,” he said, via WMUR. “That would be the best thing to do. That would be the right thing to do. And that would make the Patriots Ursula Ward’s champion.”

Hernandez didn’t leave a will and has no identifiable personal assets. He hanged himself last week at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, five days after he was acquitted in a double-murder trial.

The former Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Lloyd shooting.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
The Patriots could select Rob Gronkowski's replacement. (Reese Strickland/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots could select Rob Gronkowski’s replacement. (Reese Strickland/USA Today Sports)

Thursday is the start of the NFL draft and thus a perfect time to unveil our first, and only seven-round mock draft for the Patriots.

The team will enter the weekend without a first or second-round pick and six picks overall.

With the limited roster space available for rookies, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see the team only select four or five players. This would obviously happen because of a few trades, which will most certainly happen as the Patriots have made at least one draft day trade every year Bill Belichick has coached the team except for one (2004).

Here is how we could see the draft for the Patriots going.

Pick 1: Round 2 (No. 57 overall) — Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
*Patriots trade picks No. 72 and 96 overall to Texans for pick No. 57

The Patriots need an edge rusher and Lawson seems like a typical-Patriot, as he can do a number of different things like rushing the passer, but also can drop back into coverage. He would be a great addition to the rotation at defensive end and potentially could turn into Rob Ninkovich’s replacement.

Pick 2: Round 3 (No. 98 overall) — Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
*Patriots trade picks No. 131, 163 and a future draft pick to Carolina for pick No. 98

This could be Rob Gronkowski’s replacement and a nice fit for the Patriots. He tore his ACL at the end of last season, which dropped his stock significantly as he was once thought of a late first, or second-round pick a year ago. New England could be patient with him this year as they already have Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Another name to keep an eye for the Patriots to move up and get is cornerback Sidney Jones if he drops more than people think.

Pick 3: Round 6 (No. 200 overall) — Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson

Ever since the National Championship game, we’ve liked Boulware to the Patriots. He just seems like a guy Belichick wants to have on his team as a leader and a player who gives it all on every single play.

Pick 4: Round 6 (No. 205 overall) — Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
* Patriots trade pick No. 183 to Lions for picks Nos. 205 and 215. Then, trade pick No. 215 away for future draft considerations

With trading up into the second round, the Patriots need to get back the picks they lost, so they swing a trade with former Patriots executive Bob Quinn, who is now with the Lions. Belichick and Nick Saban are very close and he would give him good intel on his safety from last season. The Patriots are in need of safety as Patrick Chung’s potential replacement. Jackson could be this guy.

Pick 5: Round 7 (No. 239 overall) — Adam Phillips, K, Utah

This pick isn’t necessarily to replace Stephen Gostkowski, more almost to push him a little during training camp after a tough 2016 season. Phillips wouldn’t have much chance of actually making the roster, but with limited roster space no matter who the Patriots take in this round they likely don’t have much of a chance of making the team.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Bill Belichick and the Patriots have six draft picks this weekend.</p>
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