New England Patriots

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text "ON THE CLOCK" for the New England Patriots during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
  • Although most football fans are focused on free agency right now, the NFL Draft is right around the corner. On Wednesday, the league revealed the official finalized order for the 2022 draft.

    Following Tuesday’s trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Patriots own seven picks in this year’s draft, with three in the top 100. There scheduled selections are…

    –21st overall (1st round)

    –54th overall (2nd round)

    –85th overall (3rd round)

    –127th overall (4th round)

    –170th overall (5th round, from Tampa)

    –200th overall (6th round)

    –210th overall (6th round, from LA in Sony Michel trade)

    The Patriots traded away their original 5th and 7th round picks to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for Trent Brown last spring. That pick would have been 164th overall. Their original seventh-round pick was traded to Miami at the trade deadline in 2020, in exchange for wide receiver Isaiah Ford. The Dolphins later flipped that pick to the Panthers for offensive tackle Greg Little.

    What have the Patriots done in the past with the seven picks remaining? Here’s a quick history of their selections in the modern era.

  • 21st overall

    FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 14: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots reacts after he sacked Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos in the second half during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    The 21st overall selection is the one of the seven the Patriots have the most history with. They’ve taken…

    –DE Chandler Jones (2012)

    –RB Laurence Maroney (2006)

    –DT Vince Wilfork (2004)

    –TE Daniel Graham (2002)

    –S Tim Fox (1976)

    –DB John Charles (1967)

    Also of note, the Patriots have never traded away the 21st overall pick in the six times they’ve had it. Could that change this year?

  • 54th overall

    24 Oct 1999: Rod Rutledge #83 of the New England Patriots walks on the field during a game against the Denver Broncos at the Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

    The Patriots have made three selections 54th overall in the history of the franchise, but none in the Bill Belichick era.

    –TE Rod Rutledge (1998)

    –DB Vencie Glenn (1986)

    –OT John Schopf (1962)

     

  • 85th overall

    The Patriots have drafted 85th overall twice. They moved up to the spot in 2017, sending the 96th and 124th overall picks to Detroit. New England took tackle Antonio Garcia, while Detroit used those picks to draft Kenny Golladay and Jalen Reeves-Maybin, respectively.

    The other pick came in 1982, when they took defensive end George Crump.

     

  • 127th overall

    The Patriots haven’t drafted 127th overall since 2007. They’ve made three picks in that spot overall, all trench players.

    –DT Kareem Brown (2007)

    –OT Greg Robinson-Randall (2000)

    –DT George Pyne (1965)

  • 170th overall

    There have been two 170th overall picks made by Bill Belichick, and four overall by the Patriots.

    –OT George Bussey (2009)

    –LB Ryan Claridge (2005)

    –DE Greg Boyd (1976)

    –QB John Schneider (1968)

    In addition, the fifth-round pick the Patriots traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2018 later became the 170th overall pick. The Browns used the pick on kicker Austin Siebert.

  • 200th overall

    FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 29: Leonard Myers #25 of the New England Patriots tries to get the crowd into the game early against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2002 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    What have the Patriots done with the post-Brady pick? They’ve made this selection just once, taking cornerback Leonard Myers in 2001. In 2010, they traded the pick away, moving back to 223 while also acquiring linebacker Tracy White from the Eagles.

  • 210th overall

    Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots wide receiver Braxton Berrios returns a punt during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

    Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots wide receiver Braxton Berrios returns a punt during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

    This spot is highlighted by the 2018 pick, which the Patriots actually acquired as a throw-in when trading for Cordarrelle Patterson. Overall, the Patriots have drafted 210th three times.

    –WR Braxton Berrios (2018)

    –DB Rodney Rice (1989)

    –OT Terry Huxhold (1961)