It doesn’t really feel like a draft until Bill Belichick makes a trade and this year’s lack of consensus about the ability of the top quarterback prospects makes it feel like a good chance that this year’s first Patriots deal will take place late in the first round.
With the 29th pick, the Patriots could be well positioned to benefit from a quarterback sliding to the back end of the first round by dealing their pick to a team trying to leap past their competition. An extra pick or two would come in handy for a team that is once again tweaking a strong roster rather than making any serious overhauls.
Because of age and injury, tight end and defensive line are two of the spots where the team could use some tweaks and there will be options available at both spots on the second day of the draft that aren’t going to look much different than the ones available at the end of the first round. With interior offensive linemen available well into the third day, the Patriots may find that waiting to make their first selection leaves them with a better overall draft class.
Check out our look at their needs and then let us know whether you think it is time for another Patriots trade.