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A guide to the 2017 NFL Draft

The draft starts at 8 p.m. Thursday in Philadelphia.Matt Rourke/AP

For the first time since 1961, Philadelphia will play host to the NFL Draft. The City of Brotherly Love takes over after two years of hosting by Chicago and the 50 years before that in New York City.

This year, the stage will be set up so that players walk the famous “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after being drafted. And the first three players to come off the board may be on the defensive side of the ball, with Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, LSU’s Jamal Adams, and Alabama’s Jonathan Allen in the mix.


Many top prospects hope their injury issues don’t affect their draft position, including Allen, Lattimore, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, Washington receiver John Ross, and Ohio State safety Malik Hooker.

And, of course, it will be interesting to watch which quarterback is off the board first, with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer in the running for that top billing.

The Patriots, who seem to have filled the majority of their needs through free agency and trades, don’t have many glaring holes, but will likely look to bolster defensive end and tight end depth. And in true Patriots fashion, they’ll probably pick up a player in a late round and turn him into a valuable asset.

So before the festivities get underway Thursday night, read up on everything you need to know about the draft:

Basic info

When: Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m.; Friday, April 28, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 29, noon.

TV: ESPN/NFL Network.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval.

Making the rounds: Round 1 will be Thursday, followed by Rounds 2 and 3 Friday, and Rounds 4-7 Saturday.

On the clock: 10 minutes to pick in Round 1, seven minutes in Round 2, five minutes in Round 3-6, four minutes in Round 7, four minutes for compensatory picks.


First-round draft order:

1. Cleveland

2. San Francisco

3. Chicago

4. Jacksonville

5. Tennessee (from LA Rams)

6. NY Jets

7. LA Chargers

8. Carolina

9. Cincinnati

10. Buffalo

11. New Orleans

12. Cleveland (from Philadelphia)

13. Arizona

14. Philadelphia (from Minnesota)

15. Indianapolis

16. Baltimore

17. Washington

18. Tennessee

19. Tampa Bay

20. Denver

21. Detroit

22. Miami

23. NY Giants

24. Oakland

25. Houston

26. Seattle

27. Kansas City

28. Dallas

29. Green Bay

30. Pittsburgh

31. Atlanta

32. New Orleans (from New England)

Here’s the full draft order.

Take your pick: Cincinnati and Cleveland have the most picks with 11 each. Atlanta and New England have the fewest with six each. Denver, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Washington each have 10 picks. Eleven teams have eight picks: Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Green Bay, Jacksonville, LA Rams, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee. Thirteen teams have seven picks: Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, LA Chargers, Miami, New Orleans, NY Giants, NY Jets, Seattle, Tampa Bay.

Forfeited picks: New England will be without its highest fourth-round pick (118), the last remaining Deflategate punishment. The Giants were forced to move their fourth-round pick after the compensatory picks, stemming from their use of walkie-talkies on the sideline last season. Seattle will give up a fifth-round pick for violating offseason workout rules. Kansas City will forfeit its sixth-round pick for tampering two years ago.


The Patriots' 2017 draft selections New England has six picks, its fewest since 2002 when the club also had six.
Round Pick Overall Acquired Notes
3 8 72 From Carolina Traded second-round pick for Kony Ealy and this pick
3 32 96 Assigned --
4 25 131 From Seattle Traded first- and third-round picks for Brandin Cooks and fourth-round pick (118, forfeited)
5 40 183 Compensatory --
6 16 200 From Indianapolis Traded fourth-round pick for Dwayne Allen and this pick
7 21 239 From Detroit Traded sixth-round pick for Kyle Van Noy and this pick

Make your reads

■ Here are our position-by-position scouting reports: Quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, defensive back, linebacker, kickers.

■ We wrote about top prospects Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, O.J. Howard, and Deshaun Watson.

■ Ben Volin weighed which team will take a chance on running back Joe Mixon.

■ Julian Benbow examined Boston College linebacker Matt Milano’s draft outlook.

Here is Jim McBride’s mock draft for the Patriots. Since New England doesn’t have a pick (right now) until the third round, McBride projects the Patriots will use their first selection of the draft on Michigan tight end Jake Butt.

Fast facts

■ Twenty-two prospects will attend the draft in Philadelphia.

Name Position Program
Jamal Adams S LSU
Jonathan Allen DT Alabama
Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado
Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
Garett Bolles T Utah
Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern California
Kevin King CB Washington
DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA
Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
Haason Reddick LB Temple
Cam Robinson T Alabama
John Ross WR Washington
Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
Tre’Davious White CB LSU

■ Fourteen college coaches will also be in Philly: Larry Fedora, North Carolina; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; Butch Jones, Tennessee; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jim Mora, UCLA; Ed Orgeron, LSU; Chris Petersen, Washington; Matt Rhule, Baylor; Nick Saban, Alabama; David Shaw, Stanford; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Kyle Whittingham, Utah.

■ Ninety-five underclassmen have declared for the draft. It is the second straight year and third time in four years that more than 90 have tossed their names into the draft hat.


Year Entered Drafted Top-10 picks
2013 73 52 3
2014 98 61 6
2015 74 60 7
2016 96 70 8
2017 95 ? ?

■ Here are this year’s underclassmen.

Player Position Program
Jamal Adams DB LSU
Budda Baker DB Washington
Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
Garett Bolles T Utah
Caleb Brantley DT Florida
Noah Brown WR Ohio State
KD Cannon WR Baylor
Devin Childress WR North Park
Michael Clark WR Marshall
James Conner RB Pittsburgh
Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
Malachi Dupre WR LSU
Jerod Evans QB Virginia Tech
Jeremy Faulk DT Garden City CC
Tarean Folston RB Notre Dame
Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech
D'Onta Foreman RB Texas
Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
Shelton Gibson WR West Virginia
Davon Godchaux DT LSU
Chris Godwin WR Penn State
Isaiah Golden DT McNeese State
Jermaine Grace LB Miami
Derrick Griffin WR Texas Southern
Chad Hansen WR California
Charles Harris DE Missouri
Carlos Henderson WR LSU
Brian Hill RB Wyoming
Elijah Hood RB North Carolina
Malik Hooker DB Ohio State
Titus Howard DB Slippery Rock
Marlon Humphrey DB Alabama
Adoree’Jackson DB Southern California
Roderick Johnson T Florida State
Aaron Jones RB Texas-El Paso
Josh Jones DB North Carolina State
Nazair Jones DT North Carolina
Sidney Jones DB Washington
Brad Kaaya QB Miami
Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
Tim Kimbrough LB Georgia
DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Jerome Lane WR Akron
Marshon Lattimore DB Ohio State
Carl Lawson DE Auburn
Elijah Lee LB Kansas State
Keevan Lucas WR Tulsa
Marlon Mack RB South Florida
Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech
Josh Malone WR Tennessee
Damien Mama G Southern California
Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
Isaiah McKenzie WR Georgia
Deon-Tay McManus WR Marshall
Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State
Jeremy McNichols RB Boise State
Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma
Al-Quadin Muhammad DE Miami
Montae Nicholson DB Michigan State
David Njoku TE Miami
Speedy Noil WR Texas A&M
Marcus Oliver LB Indiana
Aaron Peak DB Butler County CC
Jabrill Peppers LB Michigan
Samaje Perine RB Oklahoma
Elijah Qualls DT Washington
Devine Redding RB Indiana
Cam Robinson T Alabama
John Ross WR Washington
Travis Rudolph WR Florida State
Curtis Samuel WR Ohio State
Ricky Seals-Jones WR Texas A&M
Adam Shaheen TE Ashland
David Sharpe T Florida
Garrett Sickels DE Penn State
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR Southern California
ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama
Damore'ea Stringfellow WR Mississippi
Teez Tabor DB Florida
Vincent Taylor DT Oklahoma State
Solomon Thomas DT Stanford
Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
Darius Victor RB Towson
Anthony Walker LB Northwestern
Charles Walker DT Oklahoma
T.J.Watt LB Wisconsin
Marcus Williams DB Utah
Stanley Williams RB Kentucky
Howard Wilson DB Houston
Quincy Wilson DB Florida
Joseph Yearby RB Miami
Ishmael Zamora WR Baylor

■ If an Alabama player is taken in the first round, it will mark the ninth straight year the Crimson Tide have had a first-rounder, tying Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest streak. Miami has the longest streak at 14 years (1995-2008).

■ Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson should become the sixth quarterback since 2006 to win a national championship and get drafted in the first round. The others: Jameis Winston (2015), Cam Newton (2011), Tim Tebow (2010), Vince Young (2006), and Matt Leinart (2006).

■ If three Ohio State prospects — Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore, and Gareon Conley — are taken in the first round, the Buckeyes would tie Alabama for the fourth-most players taken in the first round over a two-year span. Eight Crimson Tide players were drafted in the first round in 2011 and 2012. Miami had 28 players selected in the first round from 2001-04.

■ If Myles Garrett is taken with the top pick, he would become the first Texas A&M player to be selected first overall. If North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky or Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes is taken in the first round, it would be a first for a quarterback from either program.

■ If Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt is drafted Thursday, he and J.J. would become the eighth set of brothers to be taken in the first round.

■ And if LSU’s Jamal Adams is drafted Thursday, he and his father George (NY Giants in 1985) would be the eighth father-son pair to be selected in the first round.


On target

Here are possible draft targets at each position for the Patriots.

De’Veon Smith rushed for 846 and 10 touchdowns on 181 carries in 2016.Tony Ding/AP

Running back: De’Veon Smith, Michigan (seventh round/UFA). The Patriots haven’t drafted a running back since White in 2014, and probably won’t this year, either. However, Smith is intriguing because of his size (5 feet 11 inches, 220 pounds) and power running style. He showed excellent determination and stamina in a big-boy conference and could carve out a niche.

Tight end: Jake Butt, Michigan (third round). Butt has good size at 6 feet 5 inches, 250 pounds, and possesses the kind of versatility the Patriots covet. He played traditional tight end, wing, slot, and on the outside during his four years (two-plus as a starter) in Ann Arbor. He flourished in Jim Harbaugh’s pro-style offense as a junior and senior. The big concern is how he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl.

Receiver: Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois (sixth round). Golladay possesses excellent size (6-4, 215) with a massive wingspan and outstanding catch radius. He has decent speed and strong hands, allowing him to gain separation and shield defenders from the ball. He needs to pack on a little more muscle and polish his route running.

Offensive tackle: Storm Norton, Toledo (sixth round/UFA). How can you not love a guy named Storm? Norton has NBA height at 6 feet 8 inches but will need to add some meat on his 308-pound frame to be NFL-ready. He is exceptionally quick off the snap and keeps defenders at bay with a massive wingspan and very strong hands.

Offensive guard: Corey Levin, Tennessee-Chattanooga (seventh round/UFA). Levin has good size (6-4, 305 pounds) and versatility, having played all over the Moccasins’ offensive line. He’s a project, but he could be a swing guard like Ted Karras. He’s quick and athletic but hasn’t played against elite competition. Patience could pay off here.

Center: Gavin Andrews, Oregon State (seventh round/UFA). Andrews is another versatile guy who played every spot on the line in college. He has good size (6-5, 340) and strength but lacks athleticism. Andrews plays with great balance and leverage, developed during his days as a high school wrestler.

Quarterback: C.J. Beathard, Iowa (seventh round/UFA). Certainly not expecting the Patriots to draft a quarterback in a year when they have just six picks and more pressing needs. That will change if Jimmy Garoppolo is flipped for picks. Beathard (6-3, 219 pounds) was a very smart, poised, and accurate passer in the Hawkeyes’ pro-style offense. He lacks athleticism but makes up for it with guile and a good arm.

Alex Anzalone finished 2016 with 53 tackles, 3 sacks, and 6 QB hits in eight games.John Raoux/AP

Linebacker: Alex Anzalone, Florida (fourth round). An exceptionally smart and instinctive player, this 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pounder has underrated athleticism and unquestioned toughness. Anzalone has the versatility (he played the Mike, Will, and Sam spots in Gainesville), leadership, and big conference experience the Patriots love. Durability is a major concern, as he has missed time with shoulder woes and a broken arm.

Defensive end: Dawuane Smoot, Illinois (third round). Though he’s a bit undersized at 6-3, 255 pounds, Smoot plays with excellent quickness and balance and pressures the pocket with vim and vigor. Smoot is reliable and dependable, starting the final 24 games of his college career and putting up nice numbers (16.5 sacks, 38.5 tackles for loss, and 5 forced fumbles).

Defensive tackle: Montravius Adams, Auburn (seventh round). A late bloomer, the 6-4, 309-pounder had a terrific final season for the Tigers (4 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 2 blocked field goals, and an interception). A team MVP, Adams is exceptionally explosive for his size and showed a consistent ability to shoot gaps against tough competition in the Southeastern Conference.

Cornerback: Jeremy Cutrer, Middle Tennessee (seventh round/UFA). At 6 feet 1 inch, 170 pounds, Cutrer is a legitimate bone rack. He’s also a legitimate prospect with excellent length, mirror skills, fluidity, and toughness. He needs to pack on some pounds or his aggressive nature could lead to multiple injuries. He’s a project that could pay off.

Safety: Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville (seventh round/UFA). Harvey-Clemons possesses a unique blend of size (6-4, 228 pounds), speed, and athleticism for the position. This guy will not get pushed around. Has played free and strong safety and can also line up in the slot and blanket smaller receivers. It’s that kind of versatility the Patriots covet.

Kicker: Jake Elliott, Memphis (seventh round/UFA). New England had great success plucking a kicker out Memphis 11 years ago, so why not got back to the well? Elliott has been exceptionally accurate and clutch throughout his career. His lack of size (5 feet 9 inches, 166 pounds) is a concern because he doesn’t consistently get his kickoffs to the end zone.

Punter: Justin Vogel, Miami (seventh round/UFA). Vogel is a good athlete with great size (6-4, 216 pounds) and a very powerful leg. Handled both punting and kickoff duties in college and the Patriots love that versatility. (Remember, the more you can do . . . ) Went from walk-on to scholarship player in Coral Gables, so working hard isn’t an issue.

Draft history

■ For the second straight year, the Patriots do not have a first-round pick, as of now.

New England's first-round picks under Belichick
Year Player Pick Position Program
2016 None -- -- --
2015 Malcom Brown 32 DL Texas
2014 Dominique Easley 29 DL Florida
2013 None -- -- --
2012 Chandler Jones 21 DE Syracuse
2012 Donta Hightower 25 LB Alabama
2011 Nate Solder 17 T Colorado
2010 Devin McCourty 27 CB Rutgers
2009 None -- -- --
2008 Jerod Mayo 10 LB Tennesee
2007 Brandon Meriweather 24 DB Miami (Fla.)
2006 Laurence Maroney 21 RB Minnesota
2005 Logan Mankins 32 G Fresno State
2004 Vince Wilfork 21 DL Miami (Fla.)
2004 Benjamin Watson 32 TE Georgia
2003 Ty Warren 13 DT Texas A&M
2002 Daniel Graham 21 TE Colorado
2001 Richard Seymour 6 DT Georgia

■ The Patriots have never picked at No. 72, which is their first selection this year. That spot has produced pass rusher Olivier Vernon, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, and former Patriots center Grey Ruegamer.

■ Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have drafted in the top 20 only four times: Nate Solder (2011, 17th overall), Jerod Mayo (2008, 10th overall), Ty Warren (2003, 13th overall), Richard Seymour (2001, sixth overall).

■ The Patriots have made a draft-day trade every year (except 2004) since Belichick was hired in 2000. In the Belichick era, the Patriots have traded down 19 times and up 18 times.

■ Solder is the only offensive player on the Patriots’ current roster who was drafted in the first round (2011) by the team.

■ The Patriots have three defensive players they drafted in the first round on the current roster: Devin McCourty (2010), Dont’a Hightower (2012), and Malcom Brown (2015).

Longest first round: 6 hours, 8 minutes in 2007.

Shortest first round: 2 hours in 1972.

Longest seven-round draft: 18 hours, 5 minutes in 2007.

Shortest seven-round draft: 13 hours, 45 minutes in 2015.

Last year’s first round: 3 hours, 29 minutes.

Last year’s total draft length: 14 hours, 5 minutes.

■ Between 2000-09, the draft averaged 14 trades of first-round picks per year. Between 2010-16, the average was 11.3 trades per year, with only six in 2015 and eight in 2016. Here are how many first-round trades have been executed over the last decade.

Draft Trades
2007 10
2008 17
2009 13
2010 15
2011 8
2012 19
2013 12
2014 11
2015 6
2016 8

■ Three times 19 offensive players were selected in the first round (1968, 2004, 2009). Once 19 defensive players were taken in the first round (2006). Over the last decade, 155 offensive players have been taken in the first round to 163 defensive players.

Year Offense Defense
2007 15 17
2008 16 15
2009 19 13
2010 14 18
2011 16 16
2012 15 17
2013 14 18
2014 14 18
2015 17 15
2016 15 16

■ Texas lays claim to the most players selected in a single draft with 17 in 1984.

■ Miami had the most first-round selections from one team with six in 2004.

■ Three programs have had five players each selected with the first overall pick.

Program Picks Players
Auburn 5 Cam Newton (Carolina, QB, 2011), Aundray Bruce (Atlanta, LB, 1988), Bo Jackson (Tampa Bay, RB, 1986), Tucker Frederickson (NY Giants, RB, 1965) Ken Rice (Buffalo, G, 1961)
Notre Dame 5 Walt Patulski (Buffalo, DE, 1973, Paul Hornung (Green Bay, HB, 1957) Leon Hart (Detroit, E, 1950), Frank Dancewicz (Boston Yanks, QB, 1946) Angelo Bertelli (Boston Yanks, QB, 1944)
Southern California 5 Carson Palmer (Cincinnati, QB, 2003), Keyshawn Johnson (NY Jets, WR, 1996), Ricky Bell (Tampa Bay, RB, 1977), O.J. Simpson (Buffalo, RB, 1969), Ron Yary (Minnesota, T, 1968)

■ Three times over the last decade, Southern Cal has had the most players drafted in a single year. Florida State and Florida have led that category twice over that span.

Draft Program Players drafted
2007 Florida 9
2008 Southern California 10
2009 Southern California 11
2010 Florida 9
2011 North Carolina, Southern California 9
2012 Alabama 8
2013 Florida State 11
2014 LSU 9
2015 Florida State 11
2016 Ohio State 12

■ Southern Cal has had the most first-round picks since 1967. Twelve programs have had 30 or more players drafted in the first round in that same span.

Southern California
Ohio State
Florida State
Notre Dame
Penn State

Jim McBride and Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter @RachelGBowers.