Vrentas said the latter session was conducted by Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It makes no sense, and that is not how New England does business.
The New England Patriots made a series of trades and added two players during the second day of the NFL Draft.
Update: The Patriots, who have moved back in the draft far more often than they've moved up, weren't done, trading No. 51 to the Chicago Bears, getting three picks in return: Nos. They were both teammates at the University of Georgia and they will both fit in New England well.
Prior to the draft, the Patriots traded their third-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for offensive tackle Trent Brown and a fifth-round pick. New England hasn't used a first-round pick on running back since taking Laurence Maroney with the 21st overall pick in 2006. In 2016, LeGarrette Blount had 18 touchdowns, finishing as the seventh-best running back in standard scoring. The Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis to Tennessee in free agency. Conventional wisdom said otherwise and the Patriots did exactly what they thought they needed to do, which was stand pat and get their guy.
While there's still some disappointment from how their season ended, a loss in the national championship to Alabama, Wynn and Michel are ready to turn the page and focus on their professional careers. "On everything. I'm just letting teams know I'm coming to work when I get the chance". Also consider that Cannon has missed some time with injuries over his career, and the Patriots have annually tapped their depth at the position. In those situations, as Bill Belichick has said several times in the past, the team has to be prepared to pick a player. Six linemen were selected before the first wide receiver - Maryland's D.J. Moore - came off the board at No. 24.
It's also possible they could use one of their second-round picks to get a young quarterback to develop behind 40-year-old Tom Brady.
But they were undercut by the Titans and its new head coach and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, who selected Evans with the 22nd pick it acquired from Baltimore.
Here's a look at what the Patriots' 2018 draft looks like at this moment.