New England Patriots Draft Updates

Matt's Pats BlogAnalyst IApril 26, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24:  Defensive back Patrick Chung of Oregon runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Patriots traded out of the first round and drafted hard-hitting safety Patrick Chung from Oregon with the 34th overall pick. Chung is extremely versatile and was a workhorse in college. He looks to play the vacant Rodney Harrison "enforcer" role for the team.

The team drafted Boston College DT Ron Brace with the 40th pick, and Connecticut CB Darius Butler with the 41st pick. Brace was overshadowed by DT B.J. Raji at BC, but was integral to their stout run defense. Butler was projected by many to be a 1st round pick, and arguably the 2nd best CB in the draft; he was an absolute steal at No. 41.

With the 58th pick, the team drafted German-born OT Sebastian Vollmer out of Houston.

On day 2, the team traded their first 3rd round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2010 2nd round pick and a 7th round pick this year.

With the 83rd pick, the Pats drafted UNC WR Brandon Tate. Tate, who is also a great return-man, was projected to be a first round pick before suffering a knee injury which sidelined him for half of the season. The Pats have the luxury of letting Tate heal and develop behind their already stacked WR corps.

The Pats traded the 89th overall pick to the Tennessee Titans for a 2010 2nd round pick.