FOXBORO — With their first pick on Day 3 and third overall pick in the NFL draft, the Patriots selected Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise in the fourth round at No. 131 overall.

The Patriots recently drafted another Arkansas defensive end in Trey Flowers, which has worked out well so far.

The Patriots seleceted Deatrich Wise in the fourth round. (Crystal LoGiudice/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots seleceted Deatrich Wise in the fourth round. (Crystal LoGiudice/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — With their first pick on Day 3 and third overall pick in the NFL draft, the Patriots selected Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise in the fourth round at No. 131 overall.

The Patriots recently drafted another Arkansas defensive end in Trey Flowers, which has worked out well so far.

1. Wise had his best season a a junior, finishing with 31 tackles and eight sacks, but then because of injuries dropped a bit this past season. He finished with 49 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The numbers dropped because of a broken hand (Sept. 2016) and separated shoulder (Oct. 2016).

2. Many do not project him as a starter in the NFL and more of a rotational player with many criticizing his speed and ability to get off the ball. One thing he has going his way is he can line up both inside and outside, which gives Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia options with how to use him.

3. His father Deatrich was drafted in the ninth round of the 1988 NFL Draft and played two seasons before a long coaching career. Wise graduated with a degree in kinesiology.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — File this one in the as expected category.

Brandin Cooks is now signed through 2018. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks is now signed through 2018. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — File this one in the as expected category.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots have exercised the fifth-year option on wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who they acquired from the Saints earlier this offseason.

When they made the trade he was only technically signed through this season, but they would not have made the trade if they didn’t plan on exercising the option.

Cooks’ cap hit will be $8.46 million in 2018.

The only receivers signed through 2018 are Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Cooks.

Of course the Patriots could always sign him beyond 2018, but as of now the Patriots will have Cooks for at least two seasons.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — In an unsurprising move, the Patriots made another trade before Day 3 of the NFL draft began.

The Patriots acquired tight end James O’Shaughnessy and pick No. 216 from the Chiefs in exchange for pick No. 183.

The Patriots acquired TE Dan O'Shaughnessy from Kansas City. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots acquired TE James O’Shaughnessy from Kansas City. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — In an unsurprising move, the Patriots made another trade before Day 3 of the NFL draft began.

The Patriots acquired tight end James O’Shaughnessy and pick No. 216 from the Chiefs in exchange for pick No. 183.

O’Shaughnessy was a fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Illinois State. Although he didn’t do much on offense with the Chiefs last season, he was a big contributor to special teams, which could have been the most attractive thing to the Patriots.

As of now, it would appear he will be the third tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

The Patriots will still have three picks on Day 3 — one in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

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FOXBORO — With their first pick of the 2017 NFL draft, coming at No. 83 overall, the Patriots selected defensive end Derek Rivers from FCS Youngstown State.

Playing at a small school, it’s likely his meeting with Bill Belichick had a lot to do with the Patriots drafting him.

The Patriots selected Youngstown State DE Derek Rivers with their first pick in the draft. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots selected Youngstown State DE Derek Rivers with their first pick in the draft. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — With their first pick of the 2017 NFL draft, coming at No. 83 overall, the Patriots selected defensive end Derek Rivers from FCS Youngstown State.

Playing at a small school, it’s likely his meeting with Bill Belichick had a lot to do with the Patriots drafting him.

Speaking on a conference call after being drafted, Rivers said he enjoyed the meeting and is looking forward to learning a lot from the coach.

“It was awesome, man,” Rivers said. “I mean, we talked ball. I love Coach Belichick. I love everything he is and what he stands for and how he coaches, his demeanor. I mean, he’s an awesome dude, man. I could learn a lot from him.”

His Youngstown State team lost in the FCS National Championship game to James Madison, but his play spoke for itself, earning him a trip to the Senior Bowl.

Rivers was a two-time All-American and three-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection. He finished career with 173 career tackles (119 solo), 56.5 tackles for loss, 37.5 sacks, 47 QB pressures, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one pass defensed in 49 games.

He also recorded 41 career sacks, which were a school record and rank top five in FCS history.

“I’m a hard worker,” Rivers said. “You get work ethic out of me. I do whatever the coaches want me to do, and that’s the type of guy I am.”

The defensive end could find a role right away as the team needs a fourth piece in its rotation at defensive end along with Trey Flowers, Kony Ealy and Rob Ninkovich.

“Man, it’s awesome,” he said. “It’s awesome. I’m super excited. I mean, there’s just so much I can learn from those guys that were there, as far as just the commitment that those guys have, the type of coaching that’s in that locker room. I’m just ready to learn from those guys and get better with those guys.”

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FOXBORO — The Patriots must have really been impressed with Troy offensive tackle Antonio Garcia as they traded up to pick No. 85 to get him in the third round Friday night in the NFL draft.

Garcia is 6-foot-7, 302 pounds, but is said to be very athletic for his size.

The Patriots traded up to select Troy OT Antonio Garcia. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots traded up to select Troy OT Antonio Garcia. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The Patriots must have really been impressed with Troy offensive tackle Antonio Garcia as they traded up to pick No. 85 to get him in the third round Friday night in the NFL draft.

Garcia is 6-foot-7, 302 pounds, but is said to be very athletic for his size.

He was a 2016 All-Sun Belt First Team selection as a senior and a 2015 All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention as a junior. He also did not allow a single sack in over 900 offensive snaps as a senior this past season.

On a conference call following his selection, Garcia was asked to describe himself as a player.

“I would say physical, athletic, just nasty,” he said.

The 2017 season appears to be a red-shirt year of sorts for Garcia, which will give him plenty of time to work with Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, as he is said to still have some things to improve upon when it comes to his technique.

There isn’t an immediate need with Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon locked in as the tackles, but Solder is a free agent after this season so maybe the Patriots made this pick looking a year ahead.

Garcia is looking forward to getting to New England and starting his work.

“I know the Patriots are definitely a winning organization,” he said. “I’m just excited to work with all of the coaches there, especially the offensive line coach there. I met him. Met with him, sat down with him and I look forward to just getting better under his tutelage.”

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Ryan Hannable