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Sunday, April 17, 2011
Mock thoughts: Watt & QB trade

By Mike Reiss

Don Banks of produces his fifth mock draft, and he projects one trade in the first round -- the Patriots at No. 28.

Bill Belichick has made seven trades on draft day in each of the last two years, so Banks acknowledges he isn't exactly going out on a limb.

He thinks the trade partner will be Minnesota, which will give up future picks to select Jake Locker.

Meanwhile, Banks envisions a scenario in which the Patriots select J.J. Watt with the 17th pick.

ANALYSIS: This sets up nicely for the Patriots, as Watt could be a long-term fixture on the defensive line while boosting the interior pass rush on third down. Meanwhile, the Patriots would presumably pick up Minnesota's first-rounder in 2012, and that could be in a great spot considering its quarterback questions. The Patriots would likely also pick up another selection in that swap. And with some solid pass rushers still available at the top of the second round, the Patriots would still be in position to pinpoint that area as well.