The Patriots began their day by switching places with the Chicago Bears to grab Texas A&M defensive tackle Ty Warren. They then traded their 2nd first round pick (#19) with the Baltimore Ravens for first and second rounders next season.
The Patriots then swapped second round picks with the Carolina Panthers, jumping up to #41.
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Then the Patriots traded that #41 pick and a third rounder to the Houston Texans for the Texans' second round (#36) and supplemental fourth round picks. With the #36 pick they took cornerback Eugene Wilson out of Illinois.
Belichick will be criticized for playing it safe rather than taking a few risks, such as passing on Willis McGahee. ''Most people said there were not 32 legitimate first-round picks this year. Our focus was to get good value for the pick," he said.
But it's hard to argue with the Patriots' strategy on day one. Their dealings netted them the above draftees and two 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks, and three 4th round picks next season.
Day two saw the Patriots take Dan Klecko, a defensive tackle from Temple. Klecko presents an interesting opportunity for Belichick as he can play either insider or outside. He seems betters suited as a rush end on third down situations because of his quickness and smallish size.
In the sixth round the team drafted QB Kliff Kingsbury since it was slim pickings for signal-callers at that point. In what has become a rather sad story, Ken Dorsey still went unsigned as the Patriots were just another team to pass on the Miami standout.
As the seventh round rolled around, the team drafted a tight end to compete in an already crowded depth chart. Spencer Neal from BYU has the tools to be an effective blocking tight end, so this looks like another move to shore up the line and running game.
Rounding out the draft, the Patriots selected Tully Banta-Cain from California and Ethan Kelley out of Baylor. The former will be looked upon to compete as a sack and special teams specialist. Kelley will be fighting for a back-up job on the defensive line. He has the ability to play any position 3-4 or 4-3.