FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- By virtue of their loss on Sunday to the Ravens and their inferior regular season record to the Falcons (who also lost in the conference championship round), the Patriots will pick 29th overall in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Unlike many other years under Bill Belichick, the Patriots enter the draft thin on selections, as they traded away their fourth, fifth and sixth-round picks in separate transactions.
As it currently stands, the Patriots have their own first, second, third and seventh round picks, as well as Tampa Bay's seventh round pick, which was acquired in the Aqib Talib trade.
Below is an overview of recent players selected with the 29th pick:
2012: S Harrison Smith (Vikings)
2011: OT Gabe Carimi (Bears)
2010: CB Kyle Wilson (Jets)
2009: WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants)
2008: DT Kentwan Balmer (49ers)
2007: G Ben Grubbs (Ravens)
2006: C Nick Mangold (Jets)
2005: CB Marlin Jackson (Colts)
2004: WR Michael Jenkins (Falcons)
Notable players include Mangold, Nicks and Smith, who was a standout rookie this past season. As is always the case, players taken at this slot have enjoyed varying levels of success in the NFL.
With the Senior Bowl on the horizon and the Combine not far behind that, we'll dive more into team needs for the Patriots and draft coverage. An early glance would suggest that wide receiver, cornerback, defensive tackle, and safety are areas of need.