In the 2008 season, the Patriots finished 11-5 in the regular season, finishing in second place in the AFC East.
The Patriots have selected defensive players in each of the last three drafts, including Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo 10th overall in 2008.
- The Patriots traded CB Ellis Hobbs to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 137th and 141st picks in the fifth round on April 26, 2009.
- The Patriots traded the 89th overall pick in the 3rd round to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft on April 26, 2009.
- The Patriots acquired the 26th pick of the 1st round (which they then traded to the Packers) and the 26th pick of the 5th round (162nd overall) from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the 23rd pick in the first round on April 25 2009. The Patriots announced the trade -- and all their other draft-day trades in 2009 -- via Twitter.
- The Patriots acquired the 2nd pick of the 2nd round (34th overall) from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel on Feb. 28, 2009.
- The Patriots acquired the 8th pick of the 2nd round (40th overall) from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the 15th pick in the 2nd round (47th overall), the 24th pick of the 4th round (124th overall) and the 26th pick of the 6th round (199th overall) on April 25, 2009.
- The Patriots acquired the 9th pick of the 2nd round (41st overall), the 73rd overall pick (3rd round) and the 83rd overall pick (3rd round) from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the 26th overall pick and the 162nd overall pick (5th round) on April 25, 2009.
- The Patriots acquired the 15th pick of the 2nd round (47th overall) and a 2008 5th-round pick from the San Diego Chargers in exchange for a 2008 3rd-round pick on April 27, 2008.
- The Patriots traded the 23rd pick of the 5th round (159th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for Greg Lewis and a 2010 7th-round pick on March 5, 2009.
- The Patriots acquired the 23rd pick in the 7th round (232nd overall) and a 2nd-round pick in 2010 from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for the 9th pick in the 3rd round (73rd overall) on April 26, 2009.