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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Blog Author: 
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.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — After trading up to get into the fifth round with Miami, the Patriots then traded out.

New England traded picks No. 147 and 243 to Seattle for pick No. 225 and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

In sum, the Patriots traded picks Nos. 147 (fifth) 196 (sixth), 204 (sixth), 243 (seventh), 250 (seventh) for No. 225 (seventh) and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

FOXBORO — After trading up to get into the fifth round with Miami, the Patriots then traded out.

New England traded picks No. 147 and 243 to Seattle for pick No. 225 and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

In sum, the Patriots traded picks Nos. 147 (fifth) 196 (sixth), 204 (sixth), 243 (seventh), 250 (seventh) for No. 225 (seventh) and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

The Patriots will now select at Nos. 208, 214, 221 and 225.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — As expected, the Patriots will not make all eight of their picks on Day 3.

New England has traded with the Dolphins to get into the fifth round. The Patriots get Miami’s pick at No. 147 and in return gave up picks Nos. 196, 204 and 250. The Patriots didn’t have a fifth-round pick until this trade.

FOXBORO — As expected, the Patriots will not make all eight of their picks on Day 3.

New England has traded with the Dolphins to get into the fifth round. The Patriots get Miami’s pick at No. 147 and in return gave up picks Nos. 196, 204 and 250. The Patriots didn’t have a fifth-round pick until this trade.

New England will now pick at Nos. 147, 208, 214, 221 and 243.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — With pick No. 112 (acquired from New Orleans in Round 2), the Patriots selected Georgia wide out Malcolm Mitchell.

Here are three thoughts on him.

In the fourth round, the Patriots selected Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)

In the fourth round, the Patriots selected Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — With pick No. 112 (acquired from New Orleans in Round 2), the Patriots selected Georgia wide out Malcolm Mitchell.

Here are three thoughts on him.

1. Standing 6-foot-1, Mitchell started all 13 games in 2015, leading the Bulldogs in receiving with 58 catches for 865 yards and four touchdowns. He’s an explosive receiver and once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s tough to tackle. He is 24 years old, so he will be one of the older rookies in the league.

2. Mitchell has battled injuries while at Georgia, which included tearing his ACL in the 2013 season opener. He hasn’t always been a wide receiver, as he played cornerback and was a kick returner during his first two seasons as a Bulldog.

3. He wrote a children’s book called “The Magician’s Hat.” He spends time teaching kids how to read and he joined a book club.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Patriots are scheduled to have eight picks in Day 3 of the 2016 NFL draft. While a few may be traded, the Patriots certainly will be adding to their roster. Follow all the action in the live blog below throughout the day.

Live Blog NFL draft, Day 3
 

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WEEI

FOXBORO — The re-imposed four-game suspension of Tom Brady did not impact the Patriots decision to draft a quarterback in the third round Friday night.