FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, which serves as Patriots headquarters for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Reporters are sitting in the press box, and there are more than a dozen televisions tuned in to both ESPN and the NFL Network. In the back of the press box is a speakerphone, which will be used to interview any draft picks.
The Patriots have issued 67 media credentials to the draft, which reflects media interest in the team's moves.
The team's media relations staff, which is a finalist for the Pro Football Writers of America award for best PR staff this year, has produced an extensive packet of information for reporters.
One general thought: This draft is deep at defensive line, offensive line and running back. That's good news for the Patriots, as those are three areas they could use a boost.
The first round is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., there will be a maximum of 10 minutes between each selection, and Bill Belichick is scheduled to be on NFL Network shortly.
Let's get it on.