Patriots have made more trades than picks thus far

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The Patriots traded out of the fourth round, getting the Lions’ third-round pick in 2019. That’s six trades New England has made, drafting only three players thus far.

The Patriots took Georgia tackle Isaiah Wynn and Georgia running back Sony Michel in the first round and Florida cornerback Duke Dawson in the second.

Getting extra picks for future years is something we’ve done [in the past],” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said Friday night, via Jeff Howe of The Athletic. “Given the options we had, we felt that was the best opportunity for us.”

If Bill Belichick is thinking about retirement, the Patriots coach sure hasn’t shown it with his moves in this draft. As Mike Reiss of ESPN pointed out, “Based on [Belichick’s] forward-thinking moves in this draft, there should be little question about his intentions for 2019, and beyond.”

As of right now, the Patriots have a fifth-rounder, three sixth-rounders and a seventh-rounder left in this draft. There are no guarantees they’ll hang onto all of those.

With the trades made in the past three days and projected compensatory picks, the Patriots will have 11 picks in 2019, via Reiss. That includes the Bears’ second-round pick and the Lions’ third-round pick, giving them two seconds and possibly three third-rounders with compensatory picks.

28 responses to “Patriots have made more trades than picks thus far

  1. These moves mean nothing.

    The new england patriots success is on the shoulders of the referees
    who OBVIOUSLY unfairly gift BOGUS pass interference penalties and/or defensive holding penalties at important times to tom brady.

  2. It helps to remember that the whole Brady and Belichick are retiring thing was a complete fabrication with zero evidence behind, which is why the usual suspects fell for it.

  3. It’s like putting money in the bank. Never know when you’re going to desperately need a player due to injury. Draft capital always plays.

  4. Belichick had a run of years where he traded so much he got a ton of picks (starters/depth), in future drafts. Then the past few drafts that kind of stopped.

    Seems like he’s going back to the old philosophy because they did a lot with not nearly as good a team (and certainly depth) as they’ve had in the past.

  5. doctorrustbelt says:
    April 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    These moves mean nothing.

    The new england patriots success is on the shoulders of the referees
    who OBVIOUSLY unfairly gift BOGUS pass interference penalties and/or defensive holding penalties at important times to tom brady.

    SMH. Get over it. The Patriots don’t need help from the refs to win football games.

  6. Yeah great trade yesterday which they picked up a 4th just to trade that pic back a few picks later for nothing. Great job in trading down to lose draft position.

  7. I don’t see this as evidence as either way he’d want continuity for McDaniels (on the Pats’ draft desk for the first time), or whoever, given he’d be 68 in 2019 he knows health may force him to step back anyway.

    What, did you all think the 7-ringed coach would be desperate to mortgage Kraft’s future just for one more SB shot when they’re AFC favorites anyway? You’re all forgetting the Pats were one of the most banged up teams of 2017 from the get-go, 17 guys out, of Offense and ST but especially Defense, with 4 starting D-line and 2 others already IR by wk1 (plus Ninkovich a late retirement) soon followed by 3 more starting LBs including captain Hightower. Then some replacements got hurt. Pats still got to within a Mary of the title and are getting healthy for 2018. So get your salt tablets ready.

  8. Patriots are setting up extra Draft picks for 2019. Obviously Belichick is confident in the talent already drafted, acquired and on the roster. Bill’s genius is in his ability to correctly assess the value in the talent available. If he deems that the value isn’t there, let some sucker (cough Matt Patricia – Detroit Lions) pay more for the pick than what it’s worth and hopefully derive better value next year.

  9. With these trades for picks next year appear to be pushing the reload out rather than rushing into it right now. Almost as if Brady really does have a few years left, and Belichick is paying attention to what he has even after that.

  10. doctorrustbelt says:
    April 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    These moves mean nothing.

    The new england patriots success is on the shoulders of the referees
    who OBVIOUSLY unfairly gift BOGUS pass interference penalties and/or defensive holding penalties at important times to tom brady.
    —————————
    These trades show that they are not at all looking to draft a ref.

  11. weepingjebus says:
    April 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    It helps to remember that the whole Brady and Belichick are retiring thing was a complete fabrication with zero evidence behind, which is why the usual suspects fell for it.
    _________________
    Correct. Those suffering from cognitive dissonance will believe anything insane as long as it supports their underlying negative view about the person or organization. Same true with sports as politics.

  12. As I stated all off season.

    They aren’t drafting a QB this draft. And they will draft one in 2019.

    Now they have TWO 2nd round picks and TWO 3rd round picks in 2019.

    Looks like there is more proof to my theory of Brady’s replacement being drafted in 2019.

  13. Hurst and Griffin both just came off the board. I thought Belichick might be the one to give one or both of those guys a shot with a late pick. So now I am watching for yet another trade down.

  14. belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    April 28, 2018 at 2:06 pm
    As I stated all off season.

    They aren’t drafting a QB this draft. And they will draft one in 2019.

    Now they have TWO 2nd round picks and TWO 3rd round picks in 2019.

    Looks like there is more proof to my theory of Brady’s replacement being drafted in 2019.
    ———————————
    Your theory looks pretty solid. Hey you think maybe Brady isnt done? I wonder if he and Belichick might not be at each other’s throats and/or looking to split. I mean, if we ignore all the guesswork by the so called experts and instead look at the moves the team is making it looks like they are planning to still work together for a few more years yet. It looks like Belichick is planning to keep coaching after that time too based on how he is looking so far forward instead of just loading up for the now.

  15. Terriblepet, vdphinfan, and rustydoctor are outdoing themselves with Patriots envy. Belichick trading picks and stacking the draft for next year busts every theory they have floated out. Bill, Tom and Gronk aren’t going anywhere. The Patriots will be competing for a championship in 2018 and beyond as they trim big contracts, amsss talent, and reload in 2019’s draft.

  16. So, I think by now you have to figure that when Belichick shows up at the combine, or someone’s pro day, he’s really just looking for ways to game them rather than draft them…

    Chess… checkers… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  17. Between the players they picked up in FA, & the guys they drafted thus far I’m pretty excited for 20182019 season & to add to that, the ADDITIONAL PICKS they traded into for next years draft it looks like they are keeping their eye on the future as well……
    Life is STILL AWESOME in PATRIOT NATION!!!!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  18. of course u “dont get all the trades”. neither does anyone else. that’s why belichick wins more than anyone ever has even though every year he picks after all the experts who supposedly “get it”.

  19. I’m always happy this time of year that I don’t have to worry about what the heck Belichick is up to. Somewhere in the craziness of his draft picks is a plan, far too complicated for me to understand.

    My job is to support the team, which I do for the most part, and let the crazy, evil, wonderful hooded-genius manage the details.

    Go Pats.

  20. Just wondering, is the 2018 team better or worse than the 2017 team that lost the Superbowl and nearly lost the AFCCG?
    Getting extra picks for the 2019 draft is great but they were already getting a bunch of compensatory picks anyway.
    And again, how does that make them better THIS year? At some point this season bill will regret moving down seven times and not picking a player like a DE or LB to help this year

  21. People don’t realize that in addition to the picks that they did make this year, that they have 2 players coming back that they drafted last year and were high on before they were injured and lost for last season (DE Rivers and OT Garcia)

    By adding picks in next year’s draft, they can now possibly package picks to move up and get a QB that they might like in 2019.

    BB doesn’t always make the right pick/choice, but based on his history I’d rather have him making these choices than any other front office guy in the NFL.

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