The Patriots took another running back, selecting LSU's Stevan Ridley with the 73rd overall pick.
The Patriots traded their third second-round pick, the 60th pick overall, to the Texans for Houston's third- (73rd) and fifth-round (138th) picks.
With their second pick in the second round, the Patriots took California RB Shane Vereen 56th overall.
With the 33rd overall pick, and the first pick of the second round, the Patriots decided to hold onto the pick and select Virginia Tech CB Ras-I Dowling, a big, physical corner.
With the 17th overall pick, the Patriots picked a player they hope to be their left tackle of the future, Colorado's Nate Solder.
The Patriots finalized their 2011 preseason schedule on Friday, and it includes a nationally televised game against the Lions.
The Saints re-entered the first round of the NFL draft at No. 28, trading with the Patriots to acquire Alabama RB Mark Ingram.
To no one's surprise, the Patriots traded their second first-round pick, the 28th overall selection, to the Saints for New Orleans' second-round pick this year (pick No. 56) and a first-round pick in 2012.
The Patriots did not draft the best player available, nor did they address the need on defense, but they took a guy who could be the tackle of the future in Nate Solder.
The Patriots have interest in trading up to acquire the No. 6 overall pick, currently held by Cleveland, in Thursday's draft, according to The Boston Globe.
Patriots WR Wes Welker misfires with comments on the lockout.
In 2011, the Patriots' schedule will be soft at the beginning and end, but they will face a tough six-game stretch in the middle of the season against five '10 playoff teams.
Ron Wolf drafted seven quarterbacks from 1992 to 2000 in his time as Packers general manager. He turned some of them into draft picks in future trades. Current teams should take note.
Bill Parcells told reporters on Monday that his career as an NFL head coach is over.
Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe join Houston Antwine as the 2011 Patriots Hall of Fame finalists. It's the first year Parcells and Bledsoe are eligible, and Antwine's a three-time finalist.