FOXBOROUGH — Before the NFL Draft began Thursday night, the Patriots and Texans were discussing a trade that would have sent New England’s backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to Houston, a league source confirmed to the Globe, but the trade never materialized.
With the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Texans bolstered their defense and selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Based on Mallett’s lack of playing time, it was not expected the Patriots would have received much, perhaps a third- to fifth-round pick.
Mallett has thrown four passes in three seasons and didn’t play a single snap in 2013. He was originally a third-round pick in 2011 and is entering the final year of his contract.
New Texans coach Bill O’Brien coached Mallett when he was a rookie in 2011. O’Brien was the Patriots offensive coordinator. O’Brien coached two seasons at Penn State before taking the Texans job.
Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday said the NFL Draft might move from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which has hosted the event since 2006.
The draft, usually held at the end of April, was pushed back two weeks this year because of scheduling conflicts.
Goodell said alternative markets such as Chicago or Los Angeles are appealing, but on Wednesday, Boston’s mayor, Marty Walsh, also a Patriots season ticket-holder, said in a statement he would “love” to host the draft.
On Thursday, at the Patriots Draft Day Party at Gillette Stadium, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was happy to have Walsh’s support.
“I think we’re privileged to have the only mayor in the United States of America who is a season ticket-holder of his NFL team,” Kraft said. “I didn’t know him until after he got elected, but he’s been a season ticket-holder . . . he’s a real fan.
“Now that he knows the commissioner wants to move draft around, he’d very much like to see part of it come to Boston and we’re going to try and be supportive of it. It’s nice to have a mayor that cares about the NFL and our sport.”
In his statement, Walsh said Boston has “the resources and infrastructure to do it — the hotels, convention space, the tourism amenities — and we would welcome the opportunity.”
Before it was known Tim Tebow would wear No. 5 during his brief stint with the Patriots, his jersey was already selling online at the team’s pro shop. It was a popular seller, but Tebow was cut before the season started.
Now, the Patriots are offering somewhat of a reprieve for future hasty purchases. On Thursday, the team unveiled its “jersey guarantee” in an e-mail to fans, becoming the first franchise to offer rebates to anyone buying the jersey of a player that is no longer under contract.
If a player’s jersey is purchased from the team website or stadium store and that player leaves the team within a year of the purchase date, fans will receive a 25 percent discount toward the price of the next Patriots jersey they buy.
Fans will have two months from the day a player is no longer under contract to make a new purchase with the discount and do not have to return the original jersey they purchased.
When the Patriots selected linebacker Willie McGinest with the fourth overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, the Long Beach, Calif., native knew very little, if anything, about New England football.
He knew about Bill Parcells, who took over as the Patriots coach in 1993, but only because the Big Tuna had coached one of McGinest’s favorite players, Lawrence Taylor, with the New York Giants.
McGinest, an All-American at Southern Cal, knew about Drew Bledsoe because he played against Washington State, and McGinest also knew about Andre Tippett, the Patriots’ star linebacker.
But other than that, the Patriots, then mired in the basement of the AFC East, meant little to McGinest.
“I didn’t even know a football team existed out here,” said McGinest, who was invited as a special guest at the team’s 2014 NFL Draft Party at Gillette Stadium to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his selection.
“I’m from the West Coast. I played against Drew in college. I thought he was one of the best quarterbacks I ever played against. I knew about Andre Tippett and the linebackers, but I didn’t follow the football.
“Up until Mr. Kraft took over and started adding pieces and we started winning games, nobody really respected the football out here.”
That first piece was McGinest — the Patriots’ first selection under the ownership of Kraft.
Reflecting on his draft experiences, McGinest didn’t even know the Patriots were going to select him. His only contact was a formal visit with the team and Parcells.
The Dallas Cowboys were supposed to trade up to the No. 5 slot to select McGinest and four team representatives were present at his draft party in California.
“I thought I was going to be a Cowboy,” McGinest said.
Then the phone rang at No. 4, and it was Parcells calling to select McGinest.
“It all worked out, right?” McGinest said.
In 12 seasons with New England, McGinest racked up 483 tackles and 78 sacks in 171 regular-season games.
Former Patriots defensive end Andre Carter visited with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks this week, according to an ESPN report.
Carter, who had two sacks in nine games last season, played 14 games with the Patriots in 2011 and recorded 10 sacks.