Patriots Draft Day Trade? You Can Bank On It

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Bill Belichick has been the New England Patriots Head Coach since 2000, and during his two decades in Foxboro, the man under the hoodie has been very active at the NFL Draft.  In fact, Belichick has completed 77 draft day trades with the Patriots, and with 12 draft picks this coming weekend that number is sure to grow. 

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When Belichick completes these trades he is far more likely to trade back than trade up, so with all this chatter over the last few days about Tua Tagovailoa or even Justin Herbert, it is unlikely Belichick will pull off such trade.  But there is one team looking to move out of the No. 13 pick and that is the San Francisco 49ers.  The 49ers general manager John Lynch has been on the phone with teams across the league looking to trade one or both of their first round picks.  The 49ers pick No. 13 and No. 31 in the first round.  The 49ers lack draft capital this year and Lynch could call the Patriots and gauge their interest for the No. 13 pick.


If the Patriots were to trade down, it would presumably be for Herbert or Tua if they are available.  “We’re hoping to trade,” said Lynch to Bay Area reporters during a zoom conference.  “It’s out there for everyone to see: we have two firsts, and then we don’t have a pick until the fifth where we have two picks, and then a sixth, and then two sevenths.  There’s a big gap in there.  A couple more picks might be nice, just to close that gap.”

The Patriots are no strangers to trading with the 49ers.  As we all know, the Patriots and 49ers completed a mid-season trade back in 2017 that sent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the Bay Area.  The Patriots only received a second round draft pick which they would go on to trade as part of the 77 draft day deals Belichick has made. 

Shop for NHL Gear at Fanatics!The Patriots trade chatter is more than likely a smokescreen in order for Belichick to make the league think he is interested in all the available quarterbacks and maybe another team jumps the gun and he can land the player he truly wants.  There is not a Patriots team reporter who can tell any of us either way what they will do in the draft.  You have a better chance of landing who the Patriots will draft by doing what 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Mazz do with their draft coverage.  For those not familiar, Felger and Mazz have a draft guide and tape it to a big board and throw a marker and complete their Patriots mock drafts that way.  Basically, what I am getting at is no one knows truly what Belichick will do. 

But the one thing we can say for certain is the Patriots will come away this weekend with another quarterback and that player may not be drafted.  The Athletic’s Jeff Howe wrote a great piece on what he would do if he were controlling the Patriots draft board.  In his scenario the trades the Patriots would make would be to acquire additional draft picks and get more value.  In addition Howe says he would trade out of the first round and send the No. 23 to the Carolina Panthers for No. 38 in the second round, No. 69 in the third and No. 148 in the fifth round. 

People around the league have been trying to connect the dots for the Patriots on what they’ll do and talent evaluators think Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is still in play for Belichick.  Bleacher Report would go on to say that they would trade the Patriots fifth round pick, No. 173 to the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Andy Dalton.  I can already hear the collective groan from you as you read this, but hear me out for a second.  

Jarrett Stidham is the odds on favorite to be the starter this season with Brian Hoyer serving as his back up.  If the Patriots could land Dalton for a fifth rounder or possibly a pick even later, it would be a steal to get a NFL proven starter.  Dalton is better than Hoyer, while Hoyer has the experience in the Patriots offensive system.  If the Patriots could acquire Dalton for value and get him to take a pay cut, they could bring the Red Rocket to Foxboro and give Stidham more time to develop. 

One thing that is for certain is Belichick loves to acquire future draft picks.  The Patriots are looking to get younger and retool the roster and have the draft capital to bring in some talented players.  The one thing to keep in mind is this, Belichick will be wheeling and dealing, stocking the cupboards for the future, so while he is doing that, the odds he trades for Tua is slim, but not slim to none. 

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