Patriots trade down again, Bears take Anthony Miller at 51

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The Patriots aren’t finished trading down.

After New England moved back for the second time in the second round, the Bears took wide receiver Anthony Miller with the 51st overall pick.

The Pats were in this spot after trading down with the Lions eight spots earlier. In the Bears deal, they picked up a fourth-rounder (105) and a 2019 second-rounder.

That’s a bold move for the Bears, who obviously loved the Memphis wide receiver.

Miller, a former walk-on, caught 95 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, vaulting him up boards. It’s a continued effort to put targets around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, after signing Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in free agency.

12 responses to “Patriots trade down again, Bears take Anthony Miller at 51

  1. I’m strangely ok with what the Pats are doing……
    My guess is there’s a upcoming QB in next years draft that they will target…..& now with 2 2nd rounders they got some good ammo
    Go Pats!!!!

  2. Just before each time the Patriots traded down I saw a player come off the board I thought they might have been considering. Not sure if those were driving factors or not but its posdible each time Belichick was saying “Ok, the guy I wanted here just got taken so I might as well amass more picks for later”

  3. With these moves, Belichick avoids a 1-to-1 comparison of Jimmy G vs. 43rd Pick Player X. He’s hoping to parlay the Jimmy G pick into a bunch of players – my guess is this will end up watering down arguments about the historical significance (or lack thereof) of the Jimmy G trade, and if at least one of the players works out, will lighten the criticism of Belichick’s GM legacy.

  4. Bears fan here and that kid looks really really good on tape. A WR who can actually separate will be something new for us to be sure.

    That said, I’m more than a little concerned that our pass rush will be among the worst in the league. You can’t scheme around a lack of talent when it comes to that.

  5. picksix401 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm
    With these moves, Belichick avoids a 1-to-1 comparison of Jimmy G vs. 43rd Pick Player X. He’s hoping to parlay the Jimmy G pick into a bunch of players – my guess is this will end up watering down arguments about the historical significance (or lack thereof) of the Jimmy G trade, and if at least one of the players works out, will lighten the criticism of Belichick’s GM legacy.
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    I dont think Belichick is giving one whit of concern to any of that. His legacy will be based on his end result (7 rings and counting), not what you or I think of each little move he made along the way.

  6. I like all of the bears picks so far, but they should have probably at least kept Willie Young on the roster. Right now Floyd and Acho are the only two OLBs they have under contract and it’s going to force them to start drafting by need at some point

  7. Good Bye……Kevin White. We are stuck with you contract, but not your roster spot. If they keep you get a good cushion or your spot on he end of the bench.

  8. superfanentertainment says:
    April 27, 2018 at 8:55 pm
    Cool story, Bears.

    Just one question…

    Who will you be rushing the passer with this year at OLB?

    An unemployed mall cop?

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    I love this stupid comment, Bears were a top ten defense last season. Today they drafted all front seven guys and a WR in the seventh. Fangio knows exactly what he needs.

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