FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, which serves as Patriots headquarters for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Feel for the press box. 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 81 media credentials to the draft, compared to 67 credentials last year, which reflects media interest in the team's moves. After the conclusion of the first round, head coach Bill Belichick will hold a news conference with reporters.
Expected time of Patriots picks. The first round is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., and there will be a maximum of 10 minutes between each selection. If the Patriots keep their current first round selections (27 and 31), those picks are expected to be made at approximately 11 p.m. and 11:25 p.m., respectively.
Feel for the draft room. The Patriots official Twitter account posted a picture of the team's empty draft room hours before tonight's draft. It's worth noting that the Patriots have one of the smallest draft rooms in the league. If recent years are any indication, expect Belichick, owner Robert Kraft, president Jonathan Kraft, director of player personnel Nick Caserio, senior football advisor Floyd Reese, football research director Ernie Adams, and college scouting director Jon Robinson to be present.
Draft selections. Entering tonight, the Patriots hold the following draft selections in this year's draft:
Round 1 - Pick 27 (from New Orleans)
Round 1 - Pick 31
Round 2 - Pick 48 (from Oakland)
Round 2 - Pick 62
Round 3 - Pick 93
Round 4 - Pick 126
The team also has its original selections in the first, second, third, fourth, and seventh rounds in 2013. Their fifth-round selection was traded to Washington in the Albert Haynesworth deal, while their sixth-round selection was shipped to Cincinnati as part of the Chad Ochocinco trade.