The Patriots went into the 2013 Draft with just five picks, but raised that number to eight on Thursday by trading their first-rounder to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for four later selections. Bill Belichick largely addressed his team’s needs by taking two wide receivers and two defensive backs, but drafted just one defensive lineman, instead bolstering the linebacking corps with two more picks.
On Saturday, the Patriots traded the seventh-rounder they’d received from Minnesota, along with Jeff Demps, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for running back LeGarrette Blount. The pick in question (no. 229 overall) ended up going full circle, as the Bucs traded it back to the Vikings.
Let’s take a look at the seven rookies, and one veteran RB, that the Patriots added over the weekend: