If you missed it in years past, that may be because it was well hidden from many readers. Last year we used twitter updates almost exclusively. Years past we used the boards.
While you can still fund our updates in both of those places (including our Facebook page) we'll focus Day one updates here in the blog. Keep hitting F5 (windows) or click on your browser refresh button to make sure you see the latest updates.
The Updates will start at the TOP for the most recent and push the older updates downward. There will be some juicy stuff in the first few posts, so it's worth scrolling.
DAY ONE BLOG
TRADE AGAIN?!!!!: 10:30pm
The Patriots have made another trade. This time with the Denver Broncos. We noted it on twitter moments ago.
According to Adam Schefter, the Patriots have traded again. They moved up from 31 to Denver's spot (25) to select LB Dont'a Hightower.— PatriotsInsider (@PatriotsInsider) April 27, 2012
Trade Details: 10:28pm
New England gave up their 1st round pick (27th overall from the Saints), and their third round pick (93rd overall) for Cincinnati's 21st overall pick.
THE PICK - DE Chandler Jones 10:21pm
According to ESPN"s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have made a trade to get to the 21st spot from 27. With the 21st pick, New England nabs their pass rusher of the future in Syracuse DE, Chandler Jones
The Patriots finally find a trade partner. After watching a number of their targets go to other teams, the Patriots couldn't wait any longer to grab a defensive lineman who could help them. The Patriots traded with the Cincinnati Bengals to move up from 27 to 21. New England is expected to take Syracuse DE, Chandler Jones according to a report by ESPN
Another Target Goes Early: 10:00pm
Shea McClellin, LB from Boise State was one guy the Patriots spent time with pre-Draft. He was expected to last until late in the first round. The Chicago Bears decided they couldn't pass him up at the No. 19 spot (8 picks ahead of the Patriots)
Patriots Insider on Prime Sports Network Live 9:30pm
Patriots Insider Jon Scott is on with the guys from Prime Sports Network talking NFL Draft. Ourlads.com Host Greg DePalma and Pro Scout Dan Shonka are talking Draft live all night. Click here for the link
Three Targets Gone Already 9:29pm
Three guys the Patriots were reportedly interested in went off the boards in relatively quick fashion. The Buffalo Bills selected South Carolina, CB, Stephon Gilmore. The Philadelphia Eagles traded with the Seattle Seahawks to move up to the No. 12 spot and select Mississippi State DT, Fletcher Cox. Then the Rams opted to use their first round pick (acquired from the Cowboys) on LSU DL, Michael Brockers.
Chiefs Keep Their Pick: 9:15pm
Despite the rumblings that the Chiefs were interested in trading out of their spot in the first round -- multiple teams were involved in those discussions according to our reports -- they kept it and selected Memphis DT Dontari Poe. Poe had been rising up Draft boards, reportedly including New England's. He's a big run clogging defender with a solid burst. The main concerns are his consistency and his technique.
Trades Are the Game In Round One: 8:38pm
There have already been multiple trades in the Draft and we haven't even reached the No. 10 spot yet. The Redskins started it off early prior to the Draft, by trading multiple picks to the Rams to move up to the second overall spot. They used it to grab Andrew Luck. The Browns, also opted to cutoff teams who might want the leapfrog them to get to the third spot, by trading with the Vikings to move up from 4 to 3. The Jaguars moves from 7 to 5 by trading with the Buccaneers. then the Cowboys traded with the Rams to move up to 6 to select Mark Barron.
Colvin Is An Ingram Fan: 6:48pm
Apparently former New England Patriots defensive end Rosevelt Colvin would like the Patriots to step up to get a pass rusher. His choice? South Carolina DE/DT Melvin Ingram.
According to sources, the Patriots have had close contact with Ingram leading up to the Draft and very well could be considering the dynamic playmaker. Though it's hard to believe they may wait to take one later in the round if they can't trade up to get the guy they want.
AFC West Team Identified: 6:07pm
We've been able to uncover the AFC West team that the Patriots were supposedly interested in dealing with for a trade of one of their first round picks. It's the Kansas City Chiefs. Though there's more to the story, the gist is trading a player to New England for one of their picks MORE DETAILS: (Sub req'd)
Targeting No. 12: 5:13pm
The Patriots have reportedly inquired about the cost to move up in the Draft to acquire the Seahawks pick at No. 12. New England has denied the report, saying that no discussions have taken place. Being a bit skeptical, the truth likely resides somewhere in the middle. Obviously the Patriots talk to teams to gauge potential trade scenarios. More than likely those discussions included "what if" lines of questioning. Here's the original story on NFL.com
Who might they be looking at?
Try Alabama, S, Mark Barron, one of the best prospects available in the Draft. New England desperately needs help in the secondary and Barron would have an immediate impact. Other possibilities are LSU, DE, Michael Brockers. There's a remote chance they may want, Boston College, LB, Luke Kuechly
Trade Rumors Start: 3:30pm
The Patriots are one of the teams being mentioned as possible suitors for a certain AFC West club who is willing to trade a player for one of New England's first four Draft picks. New England has four picks in the first two rounds: 1st Round - Picks 27 and 31, 2nd Round – Picks 16 (48th overall) and 30 (62nd overall). From what we're being told, the Patriots are being asked for one of their two 1st rounders for an unnamed player.
INSIDER TAKE: Not sure what to make of this. New England isn't likely to give up a 1st round pick for an expensive veteran. Lots of names come to mind, but the Pats have typically waited for teams to release guys they're desperate to unload. With of course the exception of a guy like Randy Moss.
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