As the second day of the 2014 NFL draft winds down, the New England Patriots traded their 93rd pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for the 105th pick (fourth round), and the 179th pick (sixth round).
The Pats selected defensive tackle Dominique Easley in round one, and took quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.
Bill Belichick and the Patriots have knocked their third round draft picks out of the park over the last few years, with the glaring exception of defensive end Jake Bequette. In 2011 the Pats took Ryan Mallett and Stevan Ridley, the following year was the Bequette fiasco, and last year they scored with Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon.
This hasn’t been a great draft for New England, but it certainly has been passable. They got an explosive interior pass rusher in round one, got a great value pick in round two, and gaining additional picks here in round three is not a bad idea at all. I personally think that they did most of their damage this year in free agency, where they went nuts with noteworthy signings.