The Patriots today made another trade with the Green Bay Packers, this time acquiring a sixth round and two sevens for their 5th round (163rd overall) pick.
Here's what they did with them:
6th Round (197th overall) – Nat Ebner, DB Ohio State: Ebner is a former rugby player and projects to be used mostly on special teams, as he had been mentioned as one of the best special teamers on Ohio State last year. At his Pro Day, he ran a 4.48 and also an impressive showing in the 3-cone drill.
7th Round (224th overall) – Alfonzo Dennard, CB Nebraska: If he pans out, this may be considered quite a steal going forward. Dennard saw his draft stock drop dramatically after some unflattering on and off-field issues - He was ejected for fighting at the 2011 Capital One Bowl, his last college game, and was arrested just last week on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest after a bar fight in Lincoln, Neb. Not the best way to enter a draft.
Dennard was highly regarded in this draft at one point, with a few projecting him a late first, while most pegging him at least a second or third-round selection, still pretty good. He fell all the way to the 7th round, which is a shame, but could become a great addition to the Patriots secondary if he stays on track. Foxborough will be a good place for him to start. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, played in 10 games, recording 31 tackles and six passes defensed in 2011.
7th Round (235th oevrall) – Jeremy Ebert, WR Northwestern: The Patriots go offense on their very last pick of the draft, choosing another Big Ten player. Ebner, at 6', 195 lbs, hauled in 75 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 TDs in 2011. This looks to be another good late pick with plenty of value and upside. He was not invited to the combine, but impressed at Northwestern's pro day, running a 4.38 and showing excellent route running and receiving skills.