How New England's roster was built

The Patriots roster is, at least for now, at 51 players, leaving them room to add two more players via the wavier system, free agency or even a trade.

Let's take a look at how the current 51 were originally acquired by the team.

Draft picks (29)

First-rounders (7): LB Dont'a Hightower, DE Chandler Jones, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, S Devin McCourty, OT Nate Solder, NT Vince Wilfork

Second-rounders (7): LB Jamie Collins, WR Aaron Dobson, TE Rob Gronkowski, LB Brandon Spikes, RB Shane Vereen, OT Sebastian Vollmer, S Tavon Wilson

Third-rounders (5): DE Jake Bequette, S Duron Harmon, QB Ryan Mallett, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Logan Ryan,

Fourth-rounders (2): WR Josh Boyce, K Stephen Gostkowski

Fifth-rounders (2): OL Marcus Cannon, WR Matthew Slater

Sixth-rounders (2): QB Tom Brady, S Nate Ebner

Seventh-rounders (4): LB Steve Beauharnais, DE Michael Buchanan, CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Julian Edelman

College free agents (9)

LS Danny Aiken

P Ryan Allen

RB Brandon Bolden

LB Dane Fletcher

OL Josh Kline

TE Zach Sudfeld

WR Kenbrell Thompkins

DT Joe Vellano

C Ryan Wendell

Free agency/waiver claims (11)

WR Danny Amendola

CB Kyle Arrington

DB Marquice Cole

OL Dan Connolly

FB James Develin

S Steve Gregory

TE Michael Hoomanawanui

DT Tommy Kelly

DE Rob Ninkovich

OL Will Svitek

RB Leon Washington

Trades (2)

RB LeGarrette Blount

CB Aqib Talib