4 Ripple effects of Jon Bostic trade
2. Added ammunition for 2017 NFL Draft
While the Patriots did wheel and deal enough in the 2016 NFL Draft to regain their Deflategate-stolen fourth round pick in next year’s draft, it’s still good to see them stockpile picks, even if it’s at the back end of the draft.
No, seventh rounders aren’t going to hog headlines, but if anyone can mine late-draft talent, it’s Bill Belichick. As this roster continues to evolve and get younger, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have an extra seventh rounder.
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Remember, the Patriots got Bostic for the low price of a sixth round pick. So their return on the investment of Bostic was a player used in 11 games and a seventh round pick. In other words, the Patriots rented Bostic for the majority of the regular season for the low cost of drafting one round later (different drafts, yes, but you get the point).
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