How New England's roster was built

September, 1, 2013
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The Patriots roster is, at least for now, at 51 players, leaving them room to add two more players via the wavier system, free agency or even a trade.

Let's take a look at how the current 51 were originally acquired by the team.

Draft picks (29)

First-rounders (7): LB Dont'a Hightower, DE Chandler Jones, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, S Devin McCourty, OT Nate Solder, NT Vince Wilfork

Second-rounders (7): LB Jamie Collins, WR Aaron Dobson, TE Rob Gronkowski, LB Brandon Spikes, RB Shane Vereen, OT Sebastian Vollmer, S Tavon Wilson

Third-rounders (5): DE Jake Bequette, S Duron Harmon, QB Ryan Mallett, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Logan Ryan,

Fourth-rounders (2): WR Josh Boyce, K Stephen Gostkowski

Fifth-rounders (2): OL Marcus Cannon, WR Matthew Slater

Sixth-rounders (2): QB Tom Brady, S Nate Ebner

Seventh-rounders (4): LB Steve Beauharnais, DE Michael Buchanan, CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Julian Edelman

College free agents (9)
LS Danny Aiken
P Ryan Allen
RB Brandon Bolden
LB Dane Fletcher
OL Josh Kline
TE Zach Sudfeld
WR Kenbrell Thompkins
DT Joe Vellano
C Ryan Wendell

Free agency/waiver claims (11)
WR Danny Amendola
CB Kyle Arrington
DB Marquice Cole
OL Dan Connolly
FB James Develin
S Steve Gregory
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
DT Tommy Kelly
DE Rob Ninkovich
OL Will Svitek
RB Leon Washington

Trades (2)
RB LeGarrette Blount
CB Aqib Talib
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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