Before today, the New England Patriots held only five selections heading into the 2018 NFL draft. However, the team was awarded an additional pick earlier today when the league announced its 32 compensatory draft choices: the Patriots received an additional fourth round draft pick – number 136 overall – as a result of their net losses during last year's free agency period.
The Patriots, according to the league's formula, lost running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive linemen Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard as well as linebacker Barkevious Mingo and cornerback Logan Ryan via free agency. Likewise, the team added running back Rex Burkhead, defensive tackle Lawrence Guy and cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the fold as previously unrestricted free agents.
The added draft choice, which under new rules can be traded this year, now brings New England's total capital to six selections:
#31 (round 1)
#41 or 43 (pending coin flip) (round 2)
#63 (round 2)
#95 (round 3)
#136 (round 4)
#205 (round 6)