FOXBORO -- For a moment, retired Patriots running back Kevin Faulk stole the show as he announced one of New England's third-round picks.
Given an opportunity at the spotlight, even just for an instant, Faulk opted to make a statement in support of his former quarterback, proudly wearing Tom Brady's No. 12 jersey under his suit jacket.
"The New England Patriots and Tom Brady," Faulk said, "select Joe Thuney!"
While the news that the Patriots had drafted an athletic and versatile offensive lineman from North Carolina State was certainly noteworthy for fans, the enthusiasm with which Faulk delivered his message resonated with folks all the way back at One Patriot Place.
Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio smiled at his press conference Friday when he was asked what he thought of Faulk's gesture.
"That's why Kevin Faulk is a potential member of the Patriots Hall of Fame," Caserio said. "We all love Kevin Faulk. One of the best Patriots on a multitude of levels and I'd say he certainly showed that tonight."
Before the pick was made, Faulk was introduced to the crowd attending Day 2 of the NFL Draft by NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. For Patriots fans, Vincent's name is a familiar one because he played a primary role in doling out Brady's punishment as a result of Deflategate.
Faulk was named one of three finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame earlier this month along with corner Raymond Clayborn and linebacker Mike Vrabel. Fans can vote for the winner online here.