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2017 Schedule
14-2, 1st in AFC East
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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The success of the Cowboys draft won't be defined by Taco Charlton. It will be defined by their four defensive backs selected to overhaul a secondary that was hit hard in free agency.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Patriots picks of the 2017 draft: 3a. Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown; 3b. Antonio Garcia, LT, Troy; 4; Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas; 6. Conor McDermott, LT, UCLA. When including players the Patriots acquired by using draft capital, the list expands to include WR Brandin Cooks (acquired for first-round pick); DE Kony Ealy (acquired for an 8-slot move down the board from late second round to early third round); TE Dwayne Allen (acquired with a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-rounder); RB Mike Gillislee (signed as a restricted free agent, which cost a fifth-round pick); and TE James O'Shaughnessy (acquired with a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fifth-rounder).

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio discusses one of the themes of the team's top picks: How the Senior Bowl gave them more comfort in selecting smaller-school prospects Derek Rivers (DE, Youngstown) and Antonio Garcia (LT, Troy).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the interesting things that OT Conor McDermott (6-foot-8 1/8) said Saturday is that when he arrived at UCLA he weighed between 235 and 240 pounds. He relayed that he is currently at 315 pounds after playing last season around 300-305 pounds. As for how he gained weight, he called it a "slow process." Growing up, McDermott was named Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. "I definitely thought that was my future," he said on a conference call. "I changed to football my senior year of high school and never looked back. It's been a great experience."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have no other picks in the 2017 draft, so unless they trade back in, here is the roster math: They had 65 players entering the draft, made four picks and traded for Chiefs TE James O'Shaughnessy, and now have 20 spots to fill with free agents (veteran and undrafted).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots made a trade up in the sixth round to select UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott with the 211th overall pick. The team shipped its sixth rounder (216) and seventh rounder (239) to Dallas to make the pick. McDermott is 6-foot-8 1/8 and 307 pounds, fitting the profile of a Patriots lineman in the sense that he is long and athletic. The Patriots made only four selections in the draft, double dipping at offensive tackle and defensive end.

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Former high school basketball star Conor McDermott has some of the biggest hands (11 inches) among offensive linemen in this year's draft class. The two-time second-team All-Pac 12 selection made 31 career starts in 36 games at UCLA, including 12 starts at left tackle in 2016.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Deatrich Wise said that he views fellow Arkansas alum and Patriots DE Trey Flowers as a mentor. "He taught me how to watch film, he taught me how to play certain positions, and on top of all that just the mindset you have to have to go into a game, to go into a practice, to go into life," Wise said on a conference call. "I have a great relationship with Trey and I'm looking forward to meeting him up there and working with him."

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Deatrich Wise Jr.'s 16.5 career sacks at Arkansas rank 10th in program history. He notched at least a half-sack in 17 career games, including three multi-sack games.

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Deatrich Wise Jr. draft highlights (0:43)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots selected Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise with their fourth-round pick, as the team double dips at a position that was its top area of need entering the draft. The 6-foot-5, 274-pound Wise has some rare physical traits that naturally appeal to the Patriots, such as 35 5/8-inch arm length and 10 1/2-inch hand size. He plays with power and took a pre-draft visit to New England, so he was very much on the team's radar. In 2015, the Patriots struck gold with a long-armed DE from Arkansas in Trey Flowers. Now they hope the Wise pick pays off similarly.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have acquired TE James O'Shaughnessy and a sixth-round pick (216) from the Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round pick (No. 183). The 6-foot-4, 245-pound O'Shaughnessy entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Illinois State. He has played in 23 regular-season games, totaling eight catches for 86 yards.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In acquiring TE James O'Shaughnessy from the Chiefs, the Patriots add an AJ Derby-type "move" player to their ranks. Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen are locks as the top two tight ends, and the 6-4, 245-pound O'Shaughnessy will compete with Matt Lengel (6-7, 266) and Michael Williams (6-6, 280) for the No. 3 role. Lengel and Williams have a different physical makeup as bigger tight ends, so O'Shaughnessy's skill set is different than anything the team had in the competition for the No. 3 role.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, the Patriots have exercised their 5th-year option on WR Brandin Cooks. This locks Cooks in through 2018. The decision was expected after the Patriots acquired Cooks for a first-round draft choice (No. 32 overall) in March.

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Patriots' offseason moves come into play (1:09)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn said trade with New England didn't have anything to do with Chris Godwin falling. Was more waiting on New England if the Patriots wanted to do the deal.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Youngstown DE Derek Rivers, the Patriots' initial third-round pick (No. 83), just held a conference call with reporters and one of the biggest takeaways was how he said the Senior Bowl was a great experience for him because he comes from a smaller school. "For an FCS guy, it's very important," he said. "Everybody questions the competition ... when I got to practice and play with some of those guys that I see on TV, on ESPN, it was pretty cool."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots made their second trade of the night, moving up in the third round to the Detroit Lions' pick at No. 85 (third round) to select Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia. The Patriots trade a third-round pick (96) and fourth-rounder (124) in that deal. Garcia is 6-foot-6 1/4 and 302 pounds, and played left tackle at Troy. Starting left tackle Nate Solder enters the final year of his contract.

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Patriots grab Antonio Garcia for O-line

With its second pick in the third round, New England selected the Troy OT, a player that Mel Kiper Jr. has only scratched the surface as a developing lineman.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

As of now, four of the Lions picks this year came from New England: Nos. 96, 124, 215 and 250. Lions GM Bob Quinn worked with Bill Belichick in New England before being hired with the Lions.

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Antonio Garcia did not allow a sack in more than 900 offensive snaps in 2016, on an offensive line that led in the country in fewest sacks allowed (9). He should fit well in a Patriots trench that ranked ninth in fewest sacks allowed last season.

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Patriots use first pick on Derek Rivers

The Super Bowl champions had to wait 83 picks before drafting the Youngstown State DE, whom Mel Kiper Jr. calls an under-the-radar pass-rusher with impressive tape and workout numbers.

Team Stats

Passing Yards269.34th
Rushing Yards117.07th
Points For27.43rd
Points Against15.61st