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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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  • MisterTTT35

    Every team has needs but aren’t you sick and tired of the Pats drafting guys after the first round who may hit??? I love both Benjamin and Cook, and if they don’t want to trade that high than I say move up a few picks and grab either. And for anyone to say that Bill is trying to trade up than they are guessing cause what Bill is going to do is kind of like pentagon secrets!!!

    • Willy

      You are spot on as they say But please keep 1 thing in mind, this years draft isnt like every other draft, this is 1 of the best draft classes in years. From rounds 1 through possibly 4 is mostly Starting players, that doesnt happen in most draft years, you’re usually lucky if you get 1-2 rounds of Starters. Whether Bill will move up or down in the draft, its a big mystery and I start to get irritated when people say Bill will do this or that, based on what?, its all a guess.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    No, not a chance.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    The draft is deep with good talent through the first four rounds. The Pats have holes on offense (interior line and TE). They need good depth at DE (Jones & Ninkovich cannot continue to play 90% of the plays and be effective throughout the entire game) plus the DT position with Wilfork and Kelly getting up in age. BB will not use a combination of picks to move up in the draft especially to get a WR. I expect Dobson to make a big jump in his second year. I think BB will move down the draft board and get additional picks in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round.

    • Willy

      This is 1 of the best drafts in years and yes you are correct, the first 3-4 rounds have Starting players, compared to other drafts where you’re lucky if the entire 1st round has Starters. Whether Bill moves up or down (acquiring more picks) is always a mystery, no one can say with absolute certainty what he will do But 1 thing is clear for me, if it were me drafting this year, I would 1. move up in the 1st round and 2. offer up next years picks to get more picks for this year. Oh and 3. If need be they could use the latter round picks 6/7 round to get back into next years draft but this is the year to be drafting.

      • Mattia Rizzo

        If it’s true that you can find starting players in round 3 or 4, and I mostly agree with that, why should they trade up in the first round and draft with less picks rather than trade out and get better positioning? You’re also talking about using future picks, that’s a pretty bold move IMHO…

        • Willy

          You’re thinking too literally. I would move up in the 1st round to get either a better QB or Safety/CB because thats where the best quality is & where most of the teams picking (up there) will draft; IE all the best QB’s will be gone if they stand pat or trade out of 1st round. As for using future picks, next years draft doesnt project to be as strong as this years, so your trading away future picks to lessor teams that need more, so theyd be willing to give 1 pick to get more numbers in return. I dont find it horribly bold, more so Smart. Bill may trade out of 1st and get more picks but I wouldnt (but thats me), I would move up get that franchise QB or DB, then use late round and or next years picks to get more picks for rounds 2-4. If there is a way they could move up, acquire another 2nd or 3rd and a 5th (they dont have one) I wouldnt care if they had any 6th & 7th round picks or any picks after 3rd round next year. The time is NOW to finish building that Championship team.

          • tomtom

            sounds nice but there are no, as in zero, franchise qb’s in this draft and 2 1st rd safetys… The real talent in this draft is at wr and dl

          • Willy

            I strongly disagree that there are no franchise QB’s in this draft. The Only WR I would draft in round 1 is Watkins.

          • tomtom

            don’t like Evans? I see him as a 8-16 first rounder. Not a Pats fan, but am a fan of your franchise and a bit jealous… you should be fine AGAIN with a couple additions to roster…

          • Willy

            Evans is a fine WR but I dont think I would move up or give up much to move up to get him. Watkins is the best “Difference making” Wide out in this draft. Personally I dont see WR as the biggest need, so I wouldnt move up for a WR at all but I would for a QB, the next great CB…

      • Cyrus Geller

        With the depth this year I don’t see how trading up could really help a lot. It certainly would help, but not enough to move up in my opinion.

        • Willy

          The reason to trade up is that IF they want the next franchise QB, a top Safety or Corner (or even a top WR) the best of the best will be taken early. For instance, let’s say we like Bortles, if you dont move up to #1 or #2 (however unlikely that may be, yet not impossible) then you dont get him and have to settle for much less. Same with Ha Ha Clinton- Dix or Sammy Watkins…. The Pats are very close to being a Championship caliber team, the time is now to be Bold, Brazen and Go for it vs trading down and settling for fill in/ non-impact players, even though this is a very good draft. Bill finally approached the Free Agent period the way I wanted, aggressively, now I want the Draft to go the same way.

    • Cyrus Geller

      I agree. No need to trade up for a WR in this draft.

  • Willy

    I wouldnt pay any attention to Doug Kyed, the man is on the Dense side. I got into it with him on twitter, he believes the Pats need no help on the O-line and that Wendell is a great Center. Ya right.

  • Willy

    As for who or what position the Pats take in the 1st round or any round, who knows, Bill loves to create mystery and doubt so no team knows which direction he’s leaning in, supposedly giving him the competitive advantage because he knows what 90% of the other teams will be doing. Right now we all pretty much know the team will be drafting a TE, WR, RB, QB, S, LB, O-line, perhaps more but in which round? Who knows, its all 1 big guess.
    Personally I might move up and select either the best Safety or best QB, either or, then in the 2nd round I’d go after the best TE. This is a very good draft and I would even go so far as offering up picks for next year to teams to acquire more picks for this year, especially since the Pats made some big free agent signings, now is the time to finish building that championship caliber team.

    • Mattia Rizzo

      No help for the D-line? I mean, not at plug-and-play level but they can always use some help for Jones and Ninkovich or draft the replacement for Wilfork and Kelly if they’re not satisfied with the people they have behind them (I am for the most part but I am noone too).

      • Willy

        A LB is help for the D-line, especially if its a OLB, which is what I believe theyll draft, not a DE. I believe they will probably draft 1 DT as well.