Patriots pick Grissom in 3rd round of NFL draft
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have selected Oklahoma defensive end Geneo Grissom in the third round of the NFL draft.
The Patriots went into Friday night with back-to-back picks at Nos. 96 and 97. They traded the first one, their regular pick, to the Cleveland Browns. Then they picked the 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman.
In exchange for the 96th pick and the Patriots' seventh-round pick , the Browns gave New England picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.
The Browns used New England's pick to select defensive tackle Xavier Cooper of Washington State.
The 97th pick was a compensatory pick for losing cornerback Aqib Talib as a free agent.