Patriots & trading down in draft

March, 29, 2013
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Bill Belichick is no stranger to draft day trades; in fact, few personnel decision-makers have been as active on draft days in recent years than the Patriots head coach.

By that logic, the Patriots are almost always a top candidate to make a move on draft day, and the team has a successful track record of trading down in the top rounds to acquire additional draft assets.

In a piece now posted to NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah suggests as much, as he pegs the Patriots of one of three teams most likely to move out of the first round.

Beyond Belichick's history of trades, Jeremiah notes that the Patriots have just five selections in the draft.

The team has also recently courted restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who can be signed to an offer sheet by April 19. If the interest persists and he is acquired from the Steelers, the Patriots would send their third-round pick to the Steelers.

The Patriots don't have a ton of needs for the current roster, but holes do exist on either side of the football, and the organization has built its foundation through the draft process.

To read Jeremiah's piece, CLICK HERE.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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