New England Patriots: Five Bold(ish) Predictions For The 2015 NFL Draft

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Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils offensive linemen Laken Tomlinson runs the 40 yard dash during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. The Pats Will Trade Out Of The First Round

How about that for bold?

For other teams maybe this is a bit more bold, but not for the Patriots. They do this fairly often, and when you have the 32nd pick in the first round, and the class is loaded like it is this year, it would be a good value move for the Pats to trade out.

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In my mind, the top need for New England this year is the interior of the offensive line, and the only realistic prospect they could take in the first round would be Florida State’s Cameron Erving. He won’t get out of the first round, and the Patriots would probably have to trade up to get him. However if that scenario doesn’t unfold, they’ll have to wait until the second round for the likes of A.J. Cann and Laken Tomlinson, and unless a defensive lineman really stands out at 32, I believe they will trade out.

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