Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014: New England Patriots Trade Out Of The Third Round

Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during the first half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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