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Patriots trade for extra fourth-round pick in 2017

New England dealt that 147th pick to Seattle, along with a seventh-round pick at No. 243.

Harvard’s Cole Toner, UMass’s Tajae Sharpe taken in fifth round of NFL Draft

Toner was picked by the Cardinals, and Sharpe was selected by the Titans.

Malcolm Mitchell’s love of reading led him to author a children’s book

The newest Patriot did not enjoy reading as a kid. Then, in college, he got hurt and developed a passion for it.

Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, and Devin Lucien.

Here’s a closer look at the Patriots’ Day 3 draft picks

New England picked WR Malcolm Mitchell, DB/LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB Elandon Roberts, OL Ted Karras, and WR Devin Lucien.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Linebacker Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lays on the field after an injury during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Linebackers Jaylon Smith, Myles Jack go in 2d round

Pair of athletic, and game-changing defenders may sit 2016 recovering from knee injuries, but Cowboys, Jaguars like potential.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said there is no finer ambassador for the game of football and the New England Patriots than Tom Brady.


Kraft expresses frustration with NFL in passionate defense of Brady

Patriots owner has had “numerous” conversations with his QB in light of the reinstatement of his four-game suspension.

North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett is big (6 feet 4 inches, 235 pounds), strong-armed, and athletic.


What does the Jacoby Brissett pick mean for Jimmy Garoppolo?

The N.C. State quarterback was taken just two years after Garoppolo was drafted.

Nebraska defensive lineman Vincent Valentine runs the 40 yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Vincent Valentine at a glance

Valentine fills a need for the Patriots on the defensive line.

Wearing a Tom Brady jersey under his blazer, former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk announced New England’s third-round selection of Joe Thuney Friday night in Chicago.

Kevin Faulk wears Tom Brady jersey to announce Patriots’ draft pick

The fan favorite made a statement in support of the QB at the NFL Draft in Chicago.

North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett runs the 40 yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Jacoby Brissett at a glance

The quarterback from North Carolina State was taken at No. 91.

North Carolina State's Joe Thuney (54) is seen during warmups prior to an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Joe Thuney at a glance

Thuney, the Patriots’ third-round pick, played all three positions on the offensive line at North Carolina State.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Cyrus Jones #5 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after returning a punt for a 57 yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Cyrus Jones at a glance

The Alabama cornerback started his college career as a receiver.

From left: Quarterback Jacoby Brissett, defensive lineman Vincent Valentine, offensive lineman Joe Thuney, and cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Patriots fill three immediate needs on Day 2 of NFL Draft

They picked up CB Cyrus Jones, OL Joe Thuney, QB Jacoby Brissett, and DL Vincent Valentine.

Attorney Theodore B. Olson.

Former US solicitor general added to Brady’s legal team

Theodore Olson’s experience is the surest sign yet that Brady will exhaust every legal avenue before accepting his suspension.

Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots have options on Day 2 of NFL Draft

The team’s positions of need remained well-stocked after the first round was completed.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Draftee Robert Nkemdiche of Mississippi arrives with mother Beverly and father Sunday at the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

Who could Patriots have picked at No. 29 in NFL Draft?

New England didn’t have a first round pick. Instead, Arizona picked DL Robert Nkemdiche in the 29th overall slot.

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016 file photo, Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Former Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil had a good chance to be the NFL draft's No. 1 overall pick less than two weeks ago when the Tennessee Titans had the pick. Then the Los Angeles Rams traded up for the No. 1 pick in search of a quarterback. Now Tunsil's future is much more uncertain. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

NFL prospect plummets in draft after bong video posted on Twitter

It is unclear if Laremy Tunsil is in the video, but it was posted to his verified account just before Thursday’s draft.

Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil landed with the Dolphins.

Ben Volin | On Football

Video likely contributed to Laremy Tunsil’s costly slide in draft

Miami selected the offensive lineman, once considered a candidate for the top overall choice, at No. 13.

Mr. Carlson, of Braintree, was also a retired brigadier general in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

John Carlson, 82, former Patriots radio announcer

Over the years, his repertoire included reciting the Gettysburg Address and patriotic verses at Boston Pops concerts.

Patriots get their message across on draft night

The Patriots aren’t making a pick, but they are making a statement.

Cal quarterback Jared Goff was taken by the Rams with the first selection.

NFL Notebook

QBs Jared Goff, Carson Wentz go 1-2 in NFL Draft

For the second straight year quarterbacks were taken with the first two picks in the draft.

Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Jared Goff (California) poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Goff goes No. 1 in 2016 NFL Draft

The Los Angeles Rams chose the Cal quarterback after trading up to be in the top position.

Where and when Patriots pick in the NFL Draft

The Patriots do not have a first-round pick, but they have four picks in the top 100.

The NFL Draft is at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago for the second straight year.

Live updates: 2016 NFL Draft

Follow along with commentary and analysis throughout all seven rounds of the draft.

Cardell Hayes is seen in a booking photo released by the New Orleans Police Department, in New Orleans, Louisiana April 10, 2016. Hayes, accused of killingretired NFL player Will Smith and injuring the athlete's wifethis month in a New Orleans shooting, was indicted on April 28, 2016, on charges including second-degree murder and attempted murder. New Orleans Police Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Man indicted in death of former NFL player Will Smith

A business owner and semiprofessional football player was icharged with second-degree murder.

2016 NFL Draft picks

Here’s a look at the players chosen in order of selection during the 2016 NFL Draft.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses during the national anthem before an NFL Play 60 event at Grant Park, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago before Thursday's first round of the NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)


Goodell ready to move on from Deflategate

Goodell defended the league’s discipline process for players.


What do the Patriots do without a first-round draft pick?

They still have four picks in the top 100, and are in position to add depth at several spots.

Assessing the Patriots roster, position by position

Here’s a look at the depth at all positions, and how it will affect what the Patriots do in the draft.

California quarterback Jared Goff catches footballs in preparation for California's NFL Pro Day Friday, March 18, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Ben Volin’s 2016 NFL mock draft

Look for quarterbacks to go 1-2, followed by a run on offensive and defensive linemen.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selects Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the first pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Your guide to the 2016 NFL Draft

Everything you need to know about the three-day draft that starts Thursday night.

Ron Brace was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 and played 39 games over four seasons with the team.

Former Patriot Ron Brace died of apparent heart attack

Springfield police said they do not consider Brace’s death suspicious.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Florida State's Roberto Aguayo kicks an extra point from the hold of Cason Beatty during an NCAA college football game against South Florida in Tallahassee, Fla. Aguayo, who is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, could be the first kicker in 10 years to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Top special teamers in the draft

A quick look at the top players at the positions available in this week’s NFL Draft.

Tom Brady could head back to court if he petitions the Second Circuit for an en banc hearing and it is granted — but the odds are against that.


Tom Brady’s next legal options in Deflategate are long shots

The chances of a reversal appear slim, although a spokesman for the players union said, “I don’t think this is over.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith signed a collective bargaining agreement in 2011, but the union may not be so happy with it now.


Deflategate is all about Roger Goodell’s power, not Brady’s punishment

Tom Brady’s guilt or innocence is really incidental in this power struggle between the NFLPA and the commissioner.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, speaks with team owner Robert Kraft after the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NFLPA executive wants an ‘influential owner’ to intervene in Brady case

A union executive discussed Tom Brady’s next move, including mediation.

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller played quarterback for three years before switching to receiver.


Versatile Braxton Miller may catch Patriots’ eye

Ohio State’s playmaking quarterback/receiver/returner is just the kind of player valued in Foxborough.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday’s decision reaffirmed his authority.

Roger Goodell says court made right decision on Deflategate

The NFL commissioner also said it was important to protect the integrity of the game.

Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff.


Fans unhappy after Doug Flutie eliminated from ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Flutie and Karina Smirnoff were sent home at the end of the Week 6 show.

Tom Brady stands to miss the first four games of the 2016 season.

Brady must serve ‘Deflategate’ suspension, appeals court rules

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals panel found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted properly and within his authority.

The Eagles re-signed quarterback Sam Bradford in March.

NFL notes: Sam Bradford wants trade out of Philadelphia

According to ESPN, Bradford will not participate in the Eagles’ offseason training program.

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) passes the ball against the New York Giants during an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Sam Bradford has agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Report: Sam Bradford wants to be traded by Eagles

According to ESPN, Bradford will not participate in the team’s offseason training program.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump backed Tom Brady at a rally in Warwick, R.I.

Silence in Foxborough after court rules against Brady

Others were quick to offer their reactions, though, including the NFL and Donald Trump.

UCLA’s Myles Jack should be an impact linebacker in the NFL.


Top linebackers in the draft

A quick look at the top players available at the position in this week’s NFL Draft.

Jimmy Garoppolo has played in 11 games over two seasons.

Jimmy Garoppolo now in line for his first NFL start

The Patriots quarterback would face a challenge against the Cardinals in Arizona for a Sunday night game.

The confetti swirled around Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the loss to the Denver Broncos in January.


Patriots brought this overpunishment on themselves

They don’t need to engage in dirty tricks to win, but they do it anyway, and they’re paying the price.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

// Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

// An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.