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Could the Patriots Actually Trade Up in the 2012 NFL Draft?

England Patriots coach Bill Belichick , left, talks to members of the media during an interview at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

With the NFL draft only about two weeks away, the New England Patriots have four picks in the first two rounds.

In past years, the Patriots would trade out of the first round and get multiple later-round picks. One of the main reasons we saw that happen year after year was the rookie salaries were so high, but with the new CBA, the rookie salaries have been lowered, making it more likely for a team to trade up and not have to worry about throwing huge money at someone who has never played in the NFL.

The Patriots own the No. 27 and No. 31 pick in the first round. If they choose to use the picks, there is a good chance that two NFL-ready players will be headed to New England with those picks.

So, maybe this is the year the the Patriots trade two picks and move up?

A couple years ago, the Patriots traded out of a pick and sent it to Dallas, and that pick became Dez Bryant. Dallas is sitting at the 14 spot this year, so maybe the Patriots should send the No. 27 pick and a second round pick to move up there.

If the Patriots know they can get NFL-ready players, hopefully on the defensive side of the ball or maybe some offensive line help than I have no problem with them using the picks. If the chance to move up comes, I would love to see them jump on it and get a kid who can change a game with a big defensive play.

The Brady era will be coming to an end sooner than most people realize and hopefully the Patriots realize it’s time to help him by getting stud defensive players.

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2 comments for “Could the Patriots Actually Trade Up in the 2012 NFL Draft?”

  1. According the the draft pick value chart the Pats #27 and second round pick would only be worth the #21 pick. On the other hand, if they were willing to trade both #1′s it would be worth the 11th pick, where they could get someone like Melvin Ingram or maybe even Quinton Coples.

    Posted by zach | April 12, 2012, 1:34 pm
  2. It would depend on what Dallas is looking for. If they want a player and he was selected before they get to him why not take a shot moving down to get two players. The value of each pick changes every time a player is selected or a highly ranked player is passed on. As for trading both first rounders to move up, that would be great but I cant see the Patriots doing it.

    Posted by Bobby Doherty | April 12, 2012, 2:22 pm

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