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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Should the Bills or Patriots trade down?

By James Walker

The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots are on the short end of the AFC East stick when it comes to draft picks. The Miami Dolphins, by far, lead the division with 11 selections, while the Patriots and Bills bring up the rear with five and six picks, respectively.

Should Buffalo and New England trade down in the first round? That is the best way for teams to acquire more picks on draft day.

The Bills could be a strong candidate to trade out of the No. 8 overall pick. Buffalo signed veteran quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson in free agency to plug its biggest need. Now that the Bills aren't so desperate, they have the flexibility to move down the draft board, especially if a quarterback-needy team wants to move into the top 10.

New England has a history of trading first-round picks. Last year, the Patriots moved up twice in the first round to land defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Both players made an impact last season. Two years ago, New England traded its first-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for more picks. The Patriots hold the No. 29 overall pick this year at the end of the first round and could do the same. They have the fewest picks in the AFC East due to prior trades for veterans Aqib Talib, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson. New England also could lose its third-round pick if the Pittsburgh Steelers do not match its offer sheet for receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Keep an eye on both the Bills and Patriots for possible draft-day trades.