The Patriots have traded up to the 42nd spot, moving up from 44, and have selected University of Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski is a first-round caliber talent. He slipped to the second round because of a back injury, which sidelined him in the 2009 season.
Gronkowski came to Gillette Stadium to meet with the Patriots as one of the team's 30 pre-draft visits.
The Patriots gave up a sixth-round pick (190) and a second-rounder (44) to move up to select Gronkowski.