FOXBORO -- The Patriots were quite busy on Day 3 of the NFL draft as they added five players.
The team selected two players in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively, and then added another in the seventh with a few trades mixed in.
Speaking following the draft, director of player personnel Nick Caserio gave a scouting report on each selection.
Here's what he had to say.
G/C Hjalte Froholdt (Round 4) -- "Interesting story, I'm not sure who had more enjoyment on that pick – Bret [Bielema] or the kid but Bret was pretty involved on the phone after the pick, so they can talk about their recruiting days when he brought him into the program. [He's an] interesting player. He started his career as a defensive lineman and they he transitioned to the offensive line and then he ended up playing basically three years as a starter and never missed a game. He played against a number of good players and a number of good people. He's smart, got good size. He's got pretty good playing strength. He can play multiple positions inside there. He's a good football player against good people so he kind of fits the mold of some of the other players that we talked about here a little bit over the past few days."
QB Jarrett Stidham (Round 4) -- "And the second pick there in the fourth round, we picked at 133 and then traded out of 134 and picked Jarrett Stidham, the quarterback from Auburn. He's another player who transferred, from Baylor. A lot of people probably know his background, leaving Baylor and then going to Auburn. He's a pretty productive player. The system is probably a little bit different relative to what he's going to play in offensively here, but he's a really smart kid. We had a number of interactions with him along the way. He's a smart player who takes care of the football with pretty good arms strength. He's fairly athletic, though not a running quarterback but he has decent movement skills, so I'm sure he'll be competitive with the rest of the players that we have at the position."
DL Byron Cowart (Round 5) -- "Then we moved 134 out with the two fifths – that was the one of the Rams trades I think, and then picked with that first fifth-round pick, we picked [Byron] Cowart, the defensive lineman from Maryland. He started his career at Auburn. There's a lot of good football players on that team at Auburn, some of whom got drafted, some of whom are going to get drafted next year. He transferred to Maryland and played defensive end. He was a a five-technique in their kind of three-man front. They were really a 3-4 defense so he played a little bit more five-technique. He's probably a little bit more of a run player. I mean, this guy is really thick when you see him. He's well-built, he's really strong and plays powerful at the point of attack. He did some decent things at Auburn and he did some decent things at Maryland as well."
P Jake Bailey (Round 5) -- "And then with the second pick there, we drafted the punter from Stanford [Jake] Bailey. He's a pretty athletic kid, a great kid, great traits, smart, mature – so it's really nothing more than competition. We'll see how it goes. Our thing is we really don't make commitments to anybody how it's going to go, the competition sorts itself out and we'll let it play out."
CB Ken Webster (Round 7) -- "And then move those seventh round picks around, kind of got rid of them and ended up with the one pick there at end and took [Ken] Webster, the corner from Ole Miss. He's a really, really good player in 2016. He had some injuries that he sustained in '17 – whatever year that was – then he kind of worked his way back. I'd say he's similar to [Keion] Crosen just from the standpoint of [he has] outstanding testing numbers. I mean, [he's] really explosive in terms of his speed and his explosiveness – I mean like eye-popping numbers. Now, there's an element that has to translate over to the field, but from a physical, athletic trait standpoint, there's a lot of good qualities and he played against some pretty good people on a weekly basis."