Patriots looking at pair of lengthy waits in this year's draft


Patriots looking at pair of lengthy waits in this year's draft

Though the Patriots don't have a first-round pick in this year's draft, they do possess 11 selections, giving them some flexibility to maneuver up or down the draft board if they can find willing trade partners.

Given that they won't be on the clock until pick No. 60 overall, they could be enticed to package a series of picks to move up in the second round or even potentially into the bottom of the first round. (The Patriots will be docked the best of their first-round picks should they end up with more than one.)

Bill Belichick and his staff are also looking at a 100-pick wait between the end of the third round (they possess pick No. 96 overall) and the end of the sixth round (No. 196 overall). In all likelihood, the team would like to spread out its choices so that it doesn't have to wait two rounds in between picks. But as Belichick often points out, they can't move up or down on their own. They'll have to find partner.

Here's a snapshot of the team's 11 picks -- including their four compensatory selections, which can't be traded* -- after the NFL published the draft order for all 32 teams on Tuesday:

* Second round, pick No. 29, No. 60 overall
* Second round, pick No. 30, No. 61 overall (from Arizona)
* Third round, pick No. 29, No. 91 overall
* Third round, pick No. 34, No. 96 overall (compensatory pick)
* Sixth round, pick No. 21, No. 196 overall (from Houston)
* Sixth round, pick No. 29, No. 204 overall (reacquired from Chicago)
* Sixth round, pick No. 33, No. 208 overall (compensatory pick)
* Sixth round, pick No. 39, No. 214 overall (compensatory pick)
* Sixth round, pick No. 46, No. 221 overall (compensatory pick)
* Seventh round, pick No. 22, No. 243 overall (from Houston)
* Seventh round, pick No. 29, No. 250 overall

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."

Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.