FOXBOROUGH — With their first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft — No. 60 overall, coming late in the second round — the Patriots on Friday night selected Cyrus Jones, a cornerback from Alabama.
Jones, a converted wide receiver who is listed as 5 feet 10 inches and 196 pounds, was also used as a punt returner by the Crimson Tide, and helped them win two national championships.
After not participating in Thursday night’s first round, the Patriots were scheduled to have four picks on Friday: back-to-back selections in the second round (Nos. 60 and 61), and two more picks in the third round (Nos. 91 and 96).
Instead of using the 61st pick, the Patriots traded it to the New Orleans Saints.
The Patriots had their first-round draft pick taken away by the NFL as punishment for Deflategate.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, booed lustily by the crowd in Chicago nearly every time he took the stage on Thursday and Friday, was joined by former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who made the team’s draft announcement.Michael Whitmer can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.