With the compensatory picks doled out across the NFL, we now know the full draft order for next month. With the understanding that the Patriots and 49ers will flip between the 29th and 30th pick in each round (they both finished with 12-4 marks in 2013), here’s a look at when the Patriots will be selecting:

First round: No. 29 overall
Second round: No. 62 overall
Third round: No. 93 overall
Fourth round: Nos. 130 and 140 (140 is compensatory — the last pick of the fourth round)
Fifth round: None (pick dealt to Philadelphia in Isaac Sopoaga trade)
Sixth round: Nos. 198 (via Eagles as part of Sopoaga trade) and 206
Seventh round: No. 244

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the return of Vince Wilfork, following his three-year, $22 million extension and what it means for the Patriots going forward. Petraglia and Price also discuss Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his growing fatigue with ‘petty’ financial issues every season.

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Getting a chance to take part in the nomination process for the Patriots Hall of Fame is one of the great perks of my job. Along with some local writers and organizational staff, as well as retired reporters, broadcasters and alumni, it’s a terrific experience. Every year, there’s great discussion about the history of the team and the merits of those under consideration for the honor. From this viewpoint, I always end up learning something new.

After the nomination process, we vote on three finalists — the first choice gets five points, second choice gets three points and third choice gets one point. The votes are tabulated, and the three finalists will be announced April 15. Fans will then have a month to vote on Patriots.com, and one will be announced as this year’s inductee.

After some really engaging back-and-forth between committee members that lasted almost almost two hours — and included a healthy debate over a variety of players and coaches, including Raymond Clayborn, Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Leon Gray, Rodney Harrison, Chuck Fairbanks and Raymond Berry — I decided to cast my votes were cast for Law, Harrison and Bill Parcells.

Law: The cornerback hit most of my requirements — he was not only considered one of the best cornerbacks of his era, he played a major role in helping win three Super Bowl championships. An elite level player in his first year of eligibility, despite the fact that there were a few others who have been on the ballot a longer time, he was a no-brainer in my opinion. (From this viewpoint, he’ll likely be the fan favorite to be the one who will be fitted for a red jacket come this summer.) A two-time All-Pro, Law ended his career in New England with 36 picks in 10 seasons.

Harrison: In Harrison’s second year of eligibility, I’m proud to say I was the one who entered his name into consideration. He didn’t have the lengthy career with the Patriots that some of the other players under consideration — in truth, you could identify him just as much as a member of the Chargers as you could as a member of the Patriots — but he had so many signature moments while in Foxboro. His work on and off the field as a key point in the history of the franchise cannot be overlooked, as he helped guide the secondary through the post-Lawyer Milloy era. A two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time All-Pro, he was one of New England’s most important defensive players over the last decade.

Parcells: A finalist in 2011 and 2012, a past look at my votes reveals that I’ve been fairly consistent when it comes to Parcells and the Hall. He was a transformative presence for the franchise, one of a handful of people who restored a sense of relevancy to the Patriots. Once again, we were reminded that his departure from Foxboro was less than ideal, but you can’t argue that he played a key role in reviving New England and helping create a winning culture that has endured for the better part of the last 20 years. Besides, if he’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he should be acknowledged accordingly in Foxboro.

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Christopher Price

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Brandin Cooks helped his stock with a solid showing at the NFL combine. (AP)

Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks helped his stock with a solid showing at the NFL combine. (AP)


Position: Wide receiver

School: Oregon State

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 189 pounds

Achievements: 2013 Biletnikoff award (nation’€™s top receiver), 2013 first-team All-American, 2013 first-team All-Pac-12, 2012 Biletnikoff award semifinalist, 2012 All-Pac 12 honorable mention

What he brings: Cooks is known for his good vision and creativity after the catch, although his size is an issue. There were some concerns about his speed, but at the NFL scouting combine he was the top performer in the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles with times of 3.81 and 10.72, respectively, and had the best wide receiver time (4.33) in the 40-yard dash.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1

Notes: Cooks, who has never missed a name at any level, set the Oregon State and Pac-12 records for catches with 128, receiving yards with 1,730 and touchdown catches with 24 as a junior in 2013. He also served as a team captain. … His stepbrother, Maurice Washington, was a star receiver at Texas A&M-Kingsville who attended Raiders training camp in 2005 but was diagnosed with kidney cancer and died in 2007. Cooks changed his number to 7 when he got to college in honor of Washington, who had been assigned that number by the Raiders.

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Video: Here is a video highlighting Cooks’ career at Oregon State.

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Meredith Perri

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price address the visit of Johnny Manziel, a.k.a. ‘Johnny Football’, to Foxboro on Wednesday, where he was expected to sit down with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others in the organization. Petraglia and Price look forward to the NFL Draft in early May and other players like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who might be on the Patriots’ radar in May.

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Mike Petraglia

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Ryan Shazier (AP)

Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier recorded 134 tackles, most in the Big Ten, as a junior in 2013. (AP)


Position: Outside linebacker

School: Ohio State

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 237 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-American, 2013 first-team All-Big Ten

What he brings: While Shazier is a smaller outside linebacker, his athleticism and big-play, hard-hitting ability are evident. The 21-year-old is a lean and athletic product who has shown a knack to get to the ball. He is versatile enough to play inside or outside. Scouts are concerned about his lack of bulk and how that may be abused. He sometimes overextends himself, not wrapping up on tackles or being overaggressive. Shazier can sometimes get caught out of position, lacking superior instincts.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2

Notes: In 2013 Shazier started all 13 games, recording a Big Ten-leading 134 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles. In 12 games in 2012 (all starts) he had 115 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles. As a true freshman in 2011, he played in 13 games (starting three) and had 57 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. His 57 tackles were the most tackles by a true freshman at Ohio State since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1996. … Shazier reportedly ran a 4.36 40-yard dash time at his pro day on March 7 after not running at the NFL combine due to a hamstring issue. After his pro day run, Shazier reportedly re-injured his hamstring.  … He was voted a captain for the 2013 season.

Related articles:

NFL.com: Ryan Shazier could be next all-time great Ohio State LB

ESPN.com: Ohio State: Miller stays, Shazier done

Video: Here are Shazier’€™s highlights at Ohio State.

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Arjuna Ramgopal

The Patriots are set to meet with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The Patriots are set to meet with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Bridgewater, considered one of the best signal-callers in the draft, had 9,817 career passing yards and 72 touchdowns while at Louisville. He’s the second high-profile quarterback who has a Wednesday meeting set up with the Patriots — it was revealed Tuesday night that Johnny Manziel also as a session with New England.

As for why the Patriots might be inclined to use one of their 30 pre-draft visits on one of the elite quarterbacks — even with Tom Brady under contract for the foreseeable future — we detailed those reasons here when news of Manziel’s visit surfaced. And it’s likely the same reasons hold true for Bridgewater’s visit, including the fact that the Patriots face four of the top 10 teams in this year’s draft order.

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Christopher Price

Johnny Manziel will be having a pre-draft meeting with the Patriots on Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Manziel is the most notable quarterback in this year’s draft. The Texas A&M product, who won the Heisman as a freshman, has made almost as much news for his off-field exploits as what he accomplished on the field with the Aggies. In his two college seasons, he has 7,820 passing yards and 63 touchdowns.

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Johnny Manziel reportedly has a pre-draft meeting with the Patriots. (AP)

Johnny Manziel reportedly has a pre-draft meeting with the Patriots. (AP)

So why would Johnny Manziel meet with the Patriots?

While it’s unlikely the Patriots are in the market for a quarterback — and it’s also unlikely that Manziel would last until New England was on the clock at No. 29 — if there is a meeting set for Wednesday, it could mean one of four things:

1) Bill Belichick has often used his pre-draft visits on a player he knew he wasn’t going to be able to draft, but instead took advantage of the opportunity to use the sit-down as sort of an scouting report — a chance to get inside the head of a youngster who he’ll be facing down the road. (To that end, the Patriots will play four the teams who pick in the top 10 of the 2014 draft — Detroit, Buffalo, Minnesota and Oakland — which means there’s at least a decent chance they could see him in 2014.) As Nick Underhill of Masslive.com notes, they did the same thing with pass rusher Dion Jordan last year.

2) The Patriots are famous for the phrase “due diligence,” and that could certainly be the case here. There’s the real possibility that they want to take a look at him and kick the tires on someone who has become one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft.

3) Smokescreen. While Manziel doesn’t necessarily need any more buzz around him, the fact that the Patriots have displayed some interest in him would certainly resonate around the league.

4) As ridiculous as it sounds, and that’s why we’re listing it as the last reason here, the Patriots have always made a habit of drafting a quarterback ever year, regardless of Tom Brady‘s status. Not saying they’d push all of their chips to the middle of the table to try and chase after Manziel, but if something unforeseen happens, the New England braintrust wants to make absolutely sure it has all the info they need before making a decision.

When it comes to Manziel and the Patriots, it is worth mentioning that there’s one notable connection — he’s leaned on Brady throughout part of the pre-draft process.

“For him to reach back out to me after I extended a text message to him was extremely cool,”€ Manziel said at the combine when asked about his communication with Brady. “(It was) kind of a really funny conversation at first and worked our way into a little more serious conversation. It was really nice, and very thankful for him to be able to extend a hand out to me in the situation that I’€™m in.”

As far as the advice, Manziel said Brady kept it simple.

“€œBig thing was just enjoy the process,” Manziel said. “He kind of gave me a little joke — if I can teach him how to run like I can, he’€™ll do anything in the world for me. It was pretty funny hearing it from him.”

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Christopher Price