Monday, February 25, 2013
Should Patriots trade their first-round pick?
By James Walker
The New England Patriots enter April's NFL draft tied for the fewest picks in the league with five. Three trades for veteran players Aqib Talib, Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth have all cost the Patriots selections in this year's draft.
With that in mind, should the Patriots trade out of the first round to acquire more picks? There is certainly a history of doing so under New England head coach Bill Belichick.
New England most recently traded its first-round picks in 2011 and 2009. The 2011 trade was to the New Orleans Saints for a 2012 first-rounder. The Patriots also traded their first-round pick twice in 2009 -- first with the Baltimore Ravens to move down three spots and then with the Green Bay Packers. New England moved its first and fifth-round picks to Green Bay for two second-round picks and a third rounder.
The Patriots love seeking value picks and are not afraid to move down the draft board. New England has the No. 29 overall pick, which could be of interest considering this year's thin quarterback class. Quarterback-needy teams not willing to draft the position in the top 10 could call New England to get back into the first round.
Another option for the Patriots to acquire more picks would be to trade backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. The market for quarterbacks is very thin in the draft and free agency. Mallett has a big arm and was Tom Brady's understudy for the past two years. That could intrigue teams.
The Patriots don't have many draft picks, but they certainly have options to acquire more this year.