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NFL Rumors: New England Patriots To Trade Up In First Round?

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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are notorious for trading down in the NFL draft. They are always looking to gain better value, and more often than not, trading down is the way to do that. However we may see something different this May. Doug Kyed of NESN has the story:

The New England Patriots could shock the league by trading up in the 2014 NFL draft.

The Patriots are looking to move up in the first round of the draft to find a top-tier wide receiver, team officials told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. Head coach Bill Belichick believes a major receiving threat is one of the Patriots’ “main missing ingredients,” Freeman reported Wednesday.

The Patriots have shown interest in first-round prospects Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee and Kelvin Benjamin. Evans should be a top-10 pick, Beckham and Cooks are expected to be drafted between No. 10 and No. 25, and Lee and Benjamin still could be available when the Patriots pick at No. 29.

I personally think the Pats have much more important needs to attend to in the first round, especially with this year’s deep class of receivers. There are plenty of solid young wideouts New England could select in later rounds, which would allow them to target the defensive line, or a tight end in the first round.

They also have invested a lot in receivers over the last year or so, selecting Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce last year, in addition to signing Danny Amendola (plus Brandon LaFell this offseason). I don’t think it would be a bad idea to add more talent to this group, but it wouldn’t be wise to trade up for a receiver in the first round.

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