Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Just a few slots away from the Patriots' initial selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, the No. 72 overall pick (8 slots into the third round), and this marks the first time in franchise history that the club has not made a selection in the first two rounds of the draft. One scenario that could present itself is injured Michigan TE Jake Butt being available. This would be a redshirt year for Butt (torn ACL), but perhaps the Patriots might consider him being available at this point too good of a value to pass up.