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The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for the Patriots’ 3rd round pick and selected OG Brandon Linder from Miami. Mel Kiper Jr. glowingly described Linder on live television as ‘a career back up.’ Seemingly, the Patriots didn’t miss out on much.
As compensation, the Patriots received the 105th and 179th picks (4th and 6th rounds).
This was a classic Bill Belichick trade, moving down in the draft in order to pick up an extra pick in later rounds. Moving down just 12 picks in the draft order seems a small price to pay to gain another pick in the 6th round.
Patriots fans know Belichick likes to have a deep roster at all positions. The extra draft pick allows him to have that depth on a cost effective, long-term contract, giving him extra flexibility with the rest of the 53-man roster.
That depth will be put to the test after Belichick selected Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garappolo in the 2nd round. With Ryan Mallett still on the roster (at least for now), can he justify having two back up QBs? Will a quarterback hungry team make an offer for Mallett that the Patriots can’t refuse? And if so, can Garappolo be trusted to be the sole back up on the Patriots roster?
Now that the questions surrounding the NFL draft have been answered, only time will tell what Belichick thinks the answers to these new questions about constructing the Patriots roster.