BOSTON (CBS) — The 2015 NFL Draft is here, and we have all the draft info you’ll need.
Bill Belichick and his Patriots have nine picks in the upcoming draft, which will be held from April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
Thursday: Round 1 — 8 p.m. (10 mins per selection)
Friday: Rounds 2-3 — 7 p.m. (7 mins per selection in Rd 2; 5 mins per selection for Rd 3-7)
Saturday: Rounds 4-7 — 12 p.m.
The first round will be held on Thursday, April 30, rounds two and three will be Friday night, May 1, and rounds four through seven will take up your Saturday afternoon on May 2.
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Here’s a quick look at the Patriots’ picks and their needs, plus a little history lesson of Belichick’s picks over the last 10 years.
1st Round (32nd Overall) — DT Malcom Brown, Texas
2nd Round (64th Overall)
3rd Round (96th Overall)
3rd Round (97th Overall, compensatory pick)
4th Round (101st Overall, acquired from Tampa Bay in Logan Mankins trade)
4th Round (131st Overall)
6th Round (177th Overall, acquired from TB in Jonathan Casillas trade)
7th Round (219th Overall, acquired from Tennessee in Akeem Ayers trade)
7th Round (253rd Overall, compensatory pick)
*The Patriots traded away a fifth round pick (sent to TB for Casillas), a sixth round pick (sent to Tennessee for Ayers) and a seventh round pick (sent to St. Louis in 2012 trade for WR Greg Salas)
Both Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are gone from New England’s Super Bowl secondary. The Patriots signed veteran Bradley Fletcher in free agency but their corners consist mostly of young and unproven players. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler figures to play a bigger role, with Logan Ryan and Alfonzo Dennard also competing for playing time. Kyle Arrington is still around, though fits mostly as a slot corner.
Both Shane Vereen (NY Giants) and Stevan Ridley (NY Jets) left via free agency, leaving the Patriots with LeGarrette Blount (who is suspended for the first game of the season), Jonas Gray, Travaris Cadet and James White on the depth chart.
Jerod Mayo is once again coming back off an injury (he’s played just 12 games the last two seasons) and Dont’a Hightower may miss some time after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, leaving Jamie Collins the only sure thing in the linebacking corps. To make matters worse, both Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers left via free agency over the offseason.
Hightower and Collins are only signed through 2016, so acquiring more young talent at linebacker will be important for the Patriots.
The Patriots have a nice young core on the offensive line, and Dan Connolly is still a free agent if they want to bring the veteran back, but they could always use some more young blood protecting Tom Brady.
Interior Defensive Line
Vince Wilfork will no longer be clogging the middle of the Patriots, and those are some big shoes to fill.
Bill Belichick hasn’t had the best luck drafting wide receivers (aside from a few gems in the seventh round), but Tom Brady could use a young speedster to stretch the field.
2014: DT Dominque Easley, Florida (29th overall)
2013: Pick traded to Minnesota for additional picks
2012: DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse (21st); LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama (25th)
2011: LT Nate Solder, Colorado (17th)
2010: DB Devin McCourty, Rutgers (27th)
2009: Pick traded to Baltimore; Baltimore’s pick traded to Green Bay*
2008: LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee (10th, San Francisco’s pick); Own pick forfeited due to Spygate Controversy
2007: DB Brandon Meriweather, Florida (24th)
2006: RB Laurence Maroney, Minnesota (21st)
2005: G Logan Mankins, Fresno State (32nd)
* The Patriots traded their first round pick to the Ravens for their first rounder and a third rounder, then traded Baltimore’s pick to Green Bay for a second round selection (41st overall, used to select Darius Butler) and two third-round selections.
2014: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (62nd)
2013: LB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi (52nd); WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall (59th)
2012: DB Tavon Wilson, Illinois (48th)
2011: DB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (33rd); RB Shane Vereen, California (56th)
2010: TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona (42nd); LB Jermaine Cunningham, Florida (53rd)
2009: DB Patrick Chung, Oregon (34th); DT Ron Brace, Boston College (40th); DB Darius Butler, Connecticut (41st); T Sebastian Vollmer, Houston (58th)
2008: DB Terence Wheatley, Colorado (31st)
2006: WR Chad Jackson, Florida (36th)
2013: DB Logan Ryan, Rutgers (83rd); DB Duron Harmon, Rutgers (91st)
2012: DE Jake Bequette, Arkansas (90th)
2011: RB Stevan Ridley, LSU (73rd); QB Ryan Mallet, Arkansas (74th)
2010: WR Taylor Price, Ohio (90th)
2009: WR Brandon Tate, North Carolina (83rd); LB Tyrone McKenzie (97th)
2008: LB Shawn Crable, Michigan (78th); QB Kevin O’Connell, San Diego State (94th)
2006: TE Dave Thomas, Texas (86th)
2005: DB Ellis Hobbs, Iowa State (84th); G Nick Kaczur, Toledo (100th)
2014: C Bryan Stork, Florida State (105th); RB James White, Wisconsin (130th); T Cameron Fleming, Stanford (140th)
2013: WR Josh Boyce, TCU (102nd)
2010: TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida (113th)
2009: G Rich Ohrnburger, Penn State (123rd)
2008: DB Jonathan Wilhite, Auburn (129th)
2007: DT Kareem Brown, Miami (127th)
2006: TE Garrett Mills, Tulsa (106th); K Stephen Gostkowski, Memphis (118th)
2005: DB James Sanders, Fresno State (133rd)
2011: T Marcus Cannon, TCU (138th)
2010: P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan (150th)
2009: T George Bussey, Louisville (170th)
2008: WR Matthew Slater, UCLA (153rd)
2007: T Clint Oldenburg, Colorado State (171st)
2006: G Ryan O’Callaghan, California (136th)
2005: LB Ryan Claridge, Nevada-Las Vegas (170th)
2014: G Jon Halapio, Florida (179th); DE Zach Moore, Concordia (198th); DB Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech (206th)
2012: DB Nate Ebner, Ohio State (197th)
2011: LB Markel Carter, Central Arkansas (194th)
2010: C Ted Larsen, NC State (205th)
2009: C Jake Ingram, Hawaii (198th); DT Myron Pryor, Kentucky (207th)
2008:LB Bo Ruud, Nebraska (197th)
2007: LB Justin Rogers, Southern Methodist (180th); DB Mike Richardson, Notre Dame (202nd); RB Justise Hairston, Central Connecticut State (208th); T Corey Hilliard, Oklahoma State (209th)
2006: DE Jeremey Mincey, Florida (191st); G Dan Stevenson, Notre Dame (205th); DT Le Kevin Smith, Nebraska (206th)
2014: WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan (244th)
2013: DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois (226th); LB Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers (235th)
2012: DB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (224th); WR Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern (235th)
2011: DB Malcolm Williams, TCU (219th)
2010: T Thomas Welch, Vanderbilt (208th); LB Brandon Deadrick, Alabama (247th); DE Kade Weston, Georgia (248th); QB Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State (250th)
2009: WR Julian Edelman, Kent State (232nd); DT Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech (234th)
2007: LB Oscar Lua, USC (211th)
2006: DB Willie Andrews, Baylor (229th)
2005: QB Matt Cassel, USC (230th); TE Andy Stokes, Penn State (255th)