Patriots keep pick, take Dowling

In the end, the Patriots surprised everyone and kept the first pick in the second round of Friday’s draft.

After talking trade with the Raiders — and apparently not getting the offer they wanted — the Patriots decided to take Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling.

The Patriots are fairly deep at cornerback, but Dowling and Devin McCourty could make for a powerful press cornerback combination in the coming years for New England.

If the Raiders want to move up for Colin Kaepernick, they will have to talk with another team.