Packers, Patriots well-positioned for 2019 NFL draft

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The 2018 draft featured a flurry of trades, but we won’t have any idea who got the better end of those deals for at least another year, when the 2019 draft picks that were traded over the weekend are used.

Two teams are in particularly good shape for next year’s draft: The Packers, who got the Saints’ 2019 first-round pick, and the Patriots, who got the Bears’ 2019 second-round pick and the Lions’ 2019 third-round pick.

The Packers are the only team in the NFL with two first-round picks in 2019, and that’s a great place to be in. Although the Saints are favored to be a playoff team, any time you can get an extra first-round pick, even a late first-round pick, it’s a big deal. And Packers fans can root for the Saints to fall short of expectations, and send a high first-round pick to Green Bay.

The Patriots are the only team with two extra picks in the first two days of the 2019 draft, and both of their extra picks come from teams likely to miss the playoffs. Both the Bears and the Lions are expected to finish with losing records, based on the Las Vegas win total over-unders, which means the Patriots may have a high second-round pick and a high third-round pick thanks to this weekend’s trades.

Any evaluation of the 2018 draft isn’t complete without considering how it positions those teams beyond 2018. And no teams did more to build up their future draft capital than the Packers and Patriots.

117 responses to “Packers, Patriots well-positioned for 2019 NFL draft

  1. An early first round pick from the Saints would be good, followed by the last pick in the first round……even better.

    Go Pack Go!

  2. Belichick, Tommy Boy and Gronk will all be gone by then.. no more cheating, no more “gates”

  3. Great. I’m sure Tom Brady is thrilled to hear that. Umm, who’s the starting LT? A short converted guard? An overweight converted RT? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

    And who’s going to rush the passer? A guy coming off of ACL surgery? A DE who had a year’s worth of sacks in one game against a turnstile? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

    And who’s going to cover TEs and RBs out of the backfield? An aging injury prone LB? A self described “thumper” ? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

    Great job Bill, you haven’t improved a team that lost the SB and barely won AFCCG. Meanwhile, several teams in the conference got better and drafted players specifically to attack your team. That’s ok 2019 is loaded

  4. This shows that the guys that actually work with the players (as opposed to outsiders spitballing guesses) do think Brady is good to go for 3+ more years. I didnt see any rush to replace Gronk either. Also if Belichick is preparing for after those 3+ years it indicates he plans to kerp on coaching after that. Or at least GM. But certainly not planning for an exit.

  5. stellarperformance says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:02 am
    An early first round pick from the Saints would be good, followed by the last pick in the first round……even better.

    Go Pack Go!
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    You are correct early first round would be nice, but the Saints are pretty good. Expect them to be fairly deep playoff this year. I dont know about SB but its not impossible. But certainly their pick will be very deep first round. Good chance its later than the regular Green Bay pick.

  6. Eagles will have and extra second plus compensatory picks too. Will be very important to hit on them for when re-signing Wentz comes up

  7. Why arent the world champions on this list?

    With projected com picks of 4 and 6, they will have 1,2,2,3,4,4,5,6,6,7,7 picks.

    That’s 11 picks 2 years removed from winning it all.
    Damn, Howie Roseman is EOTY.

  8. .
    The Patriots 2019 Projected Draft Picks:

    ■ First round

    ■ Second round

    ■ Second round (from CHI)

    ■ Third round (from DET)

    ■ Third (compensatory*)

    ■ Third (compensatory*)

    ■ Fourth round

    ■ Fifth round

    ■ Sixth round (compensatory*)

    ■ Seventh round

    ■ Seventh round (from PHI)

    ■ Seventh round (compensatory*)

    *projected

    They’re well positioned to go after one of the top QBs in what’s expected to be a quality draft class.
    .

  9. nick koch says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:23 am
    You don’t win a Super Bowl in April
    >>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<
    That's right. But players that win Super Bowls are picked in April, and
    I think that's all that is being said here.

  10. The Patriots have 12 picks (including projected compensatory picks) next year. They are loading up to use them as trade capital this year or as a recruiting tool for their next coach.

  11. nick koch says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:23 am
    You don’t win a Super Bowl in April
    //////////////////////////

    No, but you can lose it in April.

  12. Do people actually get how ridiculous it looks to critique the kids who were just drafted and analyze how they will/won’t fit on the roster moving forward (before they even take a snap)?

    It’s ridiculous to do that for any team, but to say things like “Great job Bill, you haven’t improved a team that lost the SB and barely won the AFCCG,” might be the silliest thing I’ve ever read. It’s almost sad.

  13. thescoreisthestory says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:13 am
    Great. I’m sure Tom Brady is thrilled to hear that. Umm, who’s the starting LT? A short converted guard? An overweight converted RT? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

    And who’s going to rush the passer? A guy coming off of ACL surgery? A DE who had a year’s worth of sacks in one game against a turnstile? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

    And who’s going to cover TEs and RBs out of the backfield? An aging injury prone LB? A self described “thumper” ? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

    Great job Bill, you haven’t improved a team that lost the SB and barely won AFCCG. Meanwhile, several teams in the conference got better and drafted players specifically to attack your team. That’s ok 2019 is loaded
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    And with all that dialog you land at “you barely win the AFCCG and most the SB.” Haha. He must be doing something right if that’s you ‘slight.’

    Pass rush- they added Clayborn and will get back Derek Rivers from injury. Is that not improvement? They also get back Hightower, is that not good?

    They lose Cooks and Amendola and get back Edelman and Mitchell from injury, not bad right?

    If they didn’t do anything to improve the team like you’re stating, hen we Patriots fans will take our chances in the SB again against a back up QB who played the game of his life and came out with a win.

  14. big deal!, Belichek will probably trade those picks like he does every year at the draft. I think the Pats need to hire a full time g.m. especially for the draft, Billy boy has shown that he can’t handle both jobs based on his recent drafts, trades and free agent signings.

  15. chizzlechest says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:07 am
    Why arent the world champions on this list?

    With projected com picks of 4 and 6, they will have 1,2,2,3,4,4,5,6,6,7,7 picks.

    That’s 11 picks 2 years removed from winning it all.
    Damn, Howie Roseman is EOTY.

    ___________________________________________

    That’s 11 picks after winning back to back Super Bowls.

    Fixed that 2nd to last line for you.

    Your welcome.

  16. Wow. My thinking says the Pack needed a lot of holes to fill this year, could have stayed put at 14 and got a blue chip safety or linebacker for ‘this year’ for a very late one pick next year .
    The Packers cant afford first round picks without letting people go to clear salary so they put themselves in the holes to fill basket again.
    There GM gave up 5 picks to move around a little and pick up guys who would have been available anyways but they did it because they cant afford 12 draft picks.
    Rodgers looming contract is the 500 pound gorilla causing them to play money ball.

  17. thescoreisthestory says:
    Great job Bill, you haven’t improved a team that lost the SB and barely won AFCCG
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    Firstly, the Age of Parity works actively against top teams improving their roster – it’s amazing that Bill has got Pats to 12 CGs and 8 SBs in a 16yr span. But secondly you and many haters conveniently overlook Pats were badly banged up – they started the 2017 campaign decimated with 17 starters mostly IR or otherwise out, certainly key guys missing on Offense & ST, but mainly on Defense with 4 starting D-linemen and two DBs all on IR by wk1, soon followed by 3 LBs including captain Hightower. Then later some of the replacements got injured too all on top of the usual walking wounded. Despite which they amazingly came within a Hail Mary of winning the SB – and don’t forget (as Mike Pereira admitted) the refs allowed an illegal formation on the “Philly Special” TD. And in 2018 Pats will be healthy again – so stock up on your salt tablets.

  18. “we won’t have any idea who got the better end of those deals for at least another year, when the 2019 draft picks that were traded over the weekend are used.”

    Wrong wrong wrong. These are two separate deals. If you trade your #1 for someone else’s #6 even up, then you lost the trade. Using that #6 on Antonio Brown doesn’t turn the trade into a good one.

    Would you say, “I made $500 working today, but I won’t have any idea if that was a good until I spend the money.” Of course not.

  19. ‘Belichick, Tommy Boy and Gronk will all be gone by then.. no more cheating, no more “gates”’

    I would expect this kind of hate and jealousy from somebody who chooses to go by the handle ‘figpucker’

  20. thescoreisthestory says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:13 am
    Great. I’m sure Tom Brady is thrilled to hear that. Umm, who’s the starting LT? A short converted guard? An overweight converted RT? Ok but 2019 is loaded.

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    I share some of your concerns, but one thing I keep hearing is how Isaiah Wynn can’t play LT. I don’t know if he will or won’t, but the capability is definitely there. Because while he doesn’t fit the mold of a Nate Solder, he DOES fit the mold of another pretty good Patriot tackle of yesteryear, Matt Light.

    Combine Measurments:
    Height: Light 6’4; Wynn 6’3
    Weight: Light 311; Wynn 313
    Arm Length: Light 33.5; Wynn 33 1/3

    There are obviously other measurables, but those are three big ones for Left Tackles, and the height and arm length is the knock I keep hearing on Wynn. He may end up kicking inside to guard, and I think he can play that position at an outstanding level, but it’s too early and not warranted to write him off as a tackle yet.

  21. exinsidetrader says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Packers have wasted AR’s prime. Be honest, you know it’s true.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    I wasn’t aware Rodgers had retired! When did that happen?

  22. The previous critical poster is right on the money. The rest are wearing rose colored glasses. The Pats D just wasn’t good enough last yr, and they did almost nothing to improve it. All the guys on IR?? Hightower is the only significant one. The rest were backups, depth guys and STers. Obviously Hightower, if he can stay healthy will will help, but even when he played in the 1rst 4 gms, they gave up an ave of 33 pts. D line starters were MBrown, ABranch, TFlowers and LGuy. None were on IR. Rivers is a savior? He’s a 3rd rnd pk from a small school, coming off an ACL, that’s never played an NFL down. Maybe he’ll be TFlowers in a couple of yrs. Butler and McCourty are probably a wash. They needed to do more on D, so their QB doesn’t have to pass for 600 yrds and lose the SBowl.

  23. seahawks80 says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:47 am
    NE will need all the extra picks to try and catch up with Jax

    ————————
    By that argument the entire league needs to catch up. Jacksonvilles talent stockpile is like no one else’s and all that remains to be seen is what they turn it into. And it cant be denied they have good people in charge of that.

  24. Patriots are going to need those picks to draft their QB of the future though next years QB Class is supposed to suck, though I remember hearing the same about the 2018 QB class at this time last year and this years class was the best & deepest class weve since 2004, you never know until the College season plays out n QB’s rise n fall. Brady doesnt have much time left at all and will hit that wall soon so the Patriots need to start getting a plan in place. I am wondering why the Pat’s didnt draft their guy this year? I had heard they really really liked Mason Rudolph and Kyle Lauletta yet passed over both. They didnt even take a flier on Luke Falk in rounds 5 or 6.

  25. The Packers cant afford first round picks without letting people go to clear salary so they put themselves in the holes to fill basket again.
    >>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<
    Someone obviously doesn't understand how today's rookie salary structure works.

  26. 6ball says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:10 am
    .
    The Patriots 2019 Projected Draft Picks:

    ■ First round

    ■ Second round

    ■ Second round (from CHI)

    ■ Third round (from DET)

    ■ Third (compensatory*)

    ■ Third (compensatory*)

    ■ Fourth round

    ■ Fifth round

    ■ Sixth round (compensatory*)

    ■ Seventh round

    ■ Seventh round (from PHI)

    ■ Seventh round (compensatory*)

    *projected

    They’re well positioned to go after one of the top QBs in what’s expected to be a quality draft class.
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    Every other GM and Coach is just focused on 2018 but Bill Belichick already knows that this year is fine with another automatic playoff (thx AFC East) and likely Super Bowl, but now is the time to build for 2019. This is a great example of real time planning ahead by the GOAT. The haters are just envious that their GMs and Coaches lack his talent to correctly evaluate players.

  27. golforepar says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:20 am
    These 2 teams are not liked because they always play well into January! The Packers fleeced the Saints!
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    Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s because we can’t stand their fans…not to mention putting the Packers in the same breath as the Patriots as far as success is pretty silly. But I’m sure you’ll find a way to talk about the 1920’s to prove me wrong.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:47 am
    nick koch says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:23 am
    You don’t win a Super Bowl in April
    //////////////////////////

    No, but you can lose it in April.
    ////////
    You really can’t

  29. tedmurph says:
    April 29, 2018 at 10:14 am
    The previous critical poster is right on the money. The rest are wearing rose colored glasses. The Pats D just wasn’t good enough last yr, and they did almost nothing to improve it. All the guys on IR?? Hightower is the only significant one. The rest were backups, depth guys and STers. Obviously Hightower, if he can stay healthy will will help, but even when he played in the 1rst 4 gms, they gave up an ave of 33 pts. D line starters were MBrown, ABranch, TFlowers and LGuy. None were on IR. Rivers is a savior? He’s a 3rd rnd pk from a small school, coming off an ACL, that’s never played an NFL down. Maybe he’ll be TFlowers in a couple of yrs. Butler and McCourty are probably a wash. They needed to do more on D, so their QB doesn’t have to pass for 600 yrds and lose the SBowl.

    3 1 Rate This

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    1. You’re a Millennial. Millennials are know it alls and don’t understand concepts well due to the internet age being your version of a library.

    2. Hightower’s loss as it would have been in the Bruschi era, was enormous.

    3. Two cancers are gone (Branch and Butler).

    4. Jason McCourty and Danny Shelton were huge gets via trade. Both are upgrades over Butler and Branch.

    Try to keep up.

    If Hightower is not on IR, NE wins the SB. The trickle down effect is huge. The underrated Van Noy did a great job but he is better in his usual role with High directing the traffic.

    Good day.

  30. “Billy boy has shown that he can’t handle both jobs based on his recent drafts, trades and free agent signings.”

    Hilarious. Yeah reaching 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls and winning 2 of them is “not handling both jobs”.

    Roflcopter

    I don’t think most of you have the slightest clue about Belichick or the Pats other than you intensely dislike or hate them.

  31. “That’s 11 picks after winning back to back Super Bowls.”

    Yeah people who predict Super Bowl wins with absolute certainty at this time of year are rarely correct.

    What you and the rest of the Eagles fans are about to see if your team now has the biggest target in the league on its back.

    Every team wants to beat the champs. Every team ramps it up about 3 notches over most opponents when they play the champs. Even the lousy teams will pull out all the stops and make their best effort of the season against you. Every opponent will play their most physical game of the season against you.

    Its far harder to repeat than win the first one. Go talk to the Seahawks fans about how their “dynasty” worked out.

  32. Jason McCourty and DShelton? Two guys the Browns didn’t even want?? Hope their as valuable as SMcClellin and HLangi turned out to be. Pats gave up 33 pts / game in 2017 with Hightower in the lineup. Van Noy is a jag and a liability in coverage.

  33. I’m not a Pats fan so let’s get that out of the way. Now then…

    Bill Belichick is the best Coach/GM in the game today, it’s not even close, and he’s quite possibly the best ever. His ONLY comparable is Vince Lombardi and their respective eras are/were so completely different that I don’t think a comparison can really be made.

    I’m excited about Gutekunst in Green Bay. It appears he still wants to build primarily through the draft but he’s clearly willing to plug in a FA or two whereas TT was much more reluctant. My ONLY possible knock on TT is that after having early success with UDFA, he became too enamored with the idea. Still and all, I’m glad he was here instead of elsewhere.

  34. .
    @tedmurph

    The Patriots selection of Wynn began a run where 17 out of 22 players came from the offense. The Patriots weren’t alone in their thinking that after the first wave of defensive studs, there was just a bunch of guys. Take heart in the fact that SEC alums Wynn, Michel and Dawson come with Nick Saban’s stamp of approval. Plus, with all the versatile options on the Oline, Dante Scarnecchia should be able to cobble together a solid unit. Defensively, I agree that the additions of Adrian Clayborn Danny Shelton, the two late round ILBs and the return of Rivers seems woefully inadequate at this point. However opening day is a long way off and the Patriots will make a plethora of moves before then. Perhaps they will deal some of their excess at OL, RB or WR for some front seven help? Perhaps they’ll find a gem in the undrafted free agent market?

    BTW…. You’re going to be a happy camper next year when the Patriots have the draft capital to move up and grab one of the top QBs in next year’s draft. With all the question marks surrounding this year’s QB crop, I wasn’t sure I wanted any of them.
    .

  35. Well I guess the mods are covering for Bill too. I wrote a long reply to the folks who thought I was a hater for having the audacity to question the great And powerful Bill-oz, but it got squelched.

    The nuts and bolts of my rant are that it is frustrating to continue to trade down ( 6 or 7 times I think) and watch potential players that could contribute this year go to other teams, some of which will be in direct competition for the AFC.

    I don’t think the obvious needs on defense we’re adequately addressed. Sorry if that makes me salty. Just my opinion

  36. Oh and please don’t use the ” How many teams have you built?” Come back. Just stating my opinions. The Great One Once said 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.
    The Pat’s have found terrific players in 3, 4, 5 round. Even some great ones you may have heard of in the 6th and 7th.
    But Bill kept passing and moving down and out. Just irked me

  37. conormacleod says:
    April 29, 2018 at 11:03 am

    stellarperformance says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:47 am
    No, but you can lose it in April.
    ////////

    You really can’t
    //////////

    It’s hard to take a Viking fan seriously when the topic is winning a SuperBowl. Losing, yes. Winning, no.

  38. I’m a HUGE Pats fan…. that said, I love the Pats draft & what they did for their future.
    They draft at the end of each round almost yearly OR have their KEY pics STOLEN by the ENVIOUS league…..
    To stay so competitive every year in a league that is designed to keep ALL TEAMS in the mix for a shot at the title is almost mind bottling (had to throw in a classic quote there)…..,
    The Pats are loaded up again with talented players acquired through FA& trades/draft, & with KRAFT,BRADY& BILL in place I don’t see/expect things to change for a while…
    Sure Brady will be 41…. but he has shown NO SIGN of decline…..my bet is that the Pats extend his contract ANOTHER 2-3 years halfway thru the season…..
    Kraft & Brady are like father & son & BB is the GLUE the keeps the FAMILY tight……
    Life is WICKED GOOD in PATRIOT NATION!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  39. Pats may have gotten jumped by Vrabel for 2 front 7 players(Evans and Landry) that may have really helped. Guess there isn’t much you can do about that. Just hope Wynn can play LT. That would help. By the way, I’ve had season tickets foor over 25 yrs. Does that make me a millenial?

  40. The Patriots will trade at least two of the picks for veterans by the fourth week of the season. Sorry for the fans and writers who talk about loading up for 2019. The Patriots have had a tremendous off season and they are loading up for 2018.

  41. Hey core of the story: You have a short memory. The Patriots always make trades before and during the season. The extra picks allow them a lot of flexibility in building their team THIS YEAR!

  42. The Patriots will sign a free agent quarterback when Brady is finished. 1/2 if the quarterbacks drafte are busts. The Pats work on the middle to bottom of team since 6 -10 starters will be injured. The team everyone starts with is never the team they finish with.

  43. I am so sick of Pats fans bitching about the team, now every single fan is bitching about the draft. If your so damn smart you go do it! If you don’t like it don’t watch, don’t comment change teams but just shut the heck up and stop the constant complaining.

  44. holecrap says:
    April 29, 2018 at 9:38 am

    “Wow. My thinking says the Pack cant afford first round picks without letting people go to clear salary” and

    “There GM gave up 5 picks to move around a little and pick up guys who would have been available anyways” but they did it because they cant afford 12 draft picks.

    ++++++++++

    Please tell your thinking to make more sense. The Packers moved back 4 spots to get an extra first next year. Nothing to do with affordability.

    They started with 12 draft picks, selected 11 players. Apparently many of whom should still be available – Say, what team do you root for?

  45. thekingdp says:
    April 29, 2018 at 9:30 am
    chizzlechest says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:07 am
    Why arent the world champions on this list?

    With projected com picks of 4 and 6, they will have 1,2,2,3,4,4,5,6,6,7,7 picks.

    That’s 11 picks 2 years removed from winning it all.
    Damn, Howie Roseman is EOTY.

    ___________________________________________

    That’s 11 picks after winning back to back Super Bowls.

    Fixed that 2nd to last line for you.

    Your welcome. ————————————————————————————————————————————— cslm down tiger, your team won the superbowl and definately will be fighting to repeat. but it’s highly unlikely on repeating. don’t get crazy…

  46. thescoreisthestory says:
    April 29, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Oh and please don’t use the ” How many teams have you built?” Come back. Just stating my opinions. The Great One Once said 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.
    The Pat’s have found terrific players in 3, 4, 5 round. Even some great ones you may have heard of in the 6th and 7th.
    But Bill kept passing and moving down and out. Just irked me

    So….how many teams have you built? People just want to see the guys the media have hyped get drafted. They give no thought to how that guy will fit in with the team. Bill builds his team with an open eye to how the picks will “fit”. bill also doesn’t care where a player was selected. He has no problem cutting a high round pick if anyone (including an undrafted free agent) is playing better. Ramdle Gay and Butler were undrafted free agents who were superbowl starters.

  47. An extra late 1st round pick is no big deal. Especially when you look at history and most pick in those positions fail. Even more so when Green Bay picks there.

    But go ahead and pat yourselves on the back so more cheese eaters.

  48. The Lions are contenders for the playoffs. They may finish with a better record than the Packers. Vegas odds is not a good indicator of success, because they are designed to lure people who are most likely to place a bet, namely Cowpie and SeaDork fans.

  49. You guys don’t get it. I’m not saying Bill is the worst GM in sports history, I’m simply saying he has an annoying habit of trading for the sake of trading. And in the process, missing out on possible contributors this year. I would have loved to see Lorenzo Carter or Landry or even the kid from Florida, Griffin on this team with their speed. But we will never know.

    Don’t make me list all of Bills failures, he certainly has had some clunkers. Easley, Dobson, tavon Wilson and Jordan Richards come to mind. But the point is that by not taking any players you never get a chance to see if a guy turns into An Assante Samuel or a Wheatley

    And BTW I drafted a team that was #1 in points in fantasy two times if that answers your question

  50. I agree team “fit” is much more important than several weeks of media “hype”. Yet, in general, draft grades are meaningless. Many of these guys won’t even make a roster, and then an even larger group won’t be starters or seconds, then injuries like always. It’s just names on paper + how the so-called draft experts rate the players NOT based on actual NFL performance. Furthermore, positions such as DBs can take a couple yrs to be effective and if started too early put teams in pass interference H-E-double matchsticks. Then comes the “fit” question–if this isn’t a priority, it’s hard to put together a cohesive, “complete” team. I guess my point is that perhaps it’s wiser to be a year behind on draft grades: Do 2017 now and 2018 @ this point next year. That scenario would be based on facts and not purely on hype & misguided, sometimes biased, speculation.

  51. Since the Pats could not win this past years big game and they look like going to suck this year I would say planning 2 years ahead is a good idea.

  52. Hint: Brady would have retired years ago if you folks gave him due credit instead of claiming his success is due to mild temperature gradients or whatever. So thanks, keep up the good work.

  53. stucats says:
    big deal!, Belichek will probably trade those picks like he does every year at the draft. I think the Pats need to hire a full time g.m. especially for the draft, Billy boy has shown that he can’t handle both jobs based on his recent drafts, trades and free agent signings.

    Somehow you seem to forget the success of the last 20 years

  54. The truth of the matter is this….. Nick Cassario is a key player & BB’s right hand man….. TOGETHER they are one of if not the most powerful & in-depth tandems in the NFL….
    They are INCREDIBLE evaluators of talent & TEAM needs…. they are constantly looking forward & at the big picture…..
    Me Kraft is, without a doubt, one of the best owners in the league…. he hires people to do a job at optimum ability & gives them the freedom to not only do that but also EXCELL at it…..HE is a true fan of the game…..I sure hope Johnathan is paying attention to his dad’s insight to being an owner!!!
    I’ve been a Pats fan since Plunkett was drafted so I’ve seen what lousy owners & poor leadership can bring….. I thank GOD regularly for Mr.Kraft & the ultimate leadership he brings to the Patriots organization…… We as Patriot fans are TRULY BLESSED!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  55. stucats says:
    April 29, 2018 at 9:18 am
    big deal!, Belichek will probably trade those picks like he does every year at the draft. I think the Pats need to hire a full time g.m. especially for the draft, Billy boy has shown that he can’t handle both jobs based on his recent drafts, trades and free agent signings.
    —————————–
    Um, check the win/loss records for the past 20ish years. Clearly BB can handle it. Just as clear is the fact that the rest of the NFL struggles to handle BB.

  56. Why can’t other teams get it right?
    I’m happy with ALL of Miami’s picks this year – they FINALLY drafted to their needs!
    But New England always gets those late round studs via wheeling & dealing.
    And it’s not just picks drafted to fill a need,
    these guys usually turn it on in training camp and become impact players
    that Belichick can immediately plug in as needed!

  57. beachsidejames says:
    April 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    Since the Pats could not win this past years big game and they look like going to suck this year I would say planning 2 years ahead is a good idea.

    ————–
    If they are “going to suck” as you claim then why are they the current favorite to win the SB?

    Maybe you were mistakenly looking at your own team’s roster

  58. “Jason McCourty and DShelton? Two guys the Browns didn’t even want??”

    Shelton I don’t know much about but McCourty was I believe the 17th ranked corner in the league last year, which is a starting caliber corner on most teams.

    No, not every player Belichick trades for works out, but a higher percentage does than what most of the other teams get out of trades. And Bill is quick to cut bait if they don’t and move on to another player.

  59. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm
    “Jason McCourty and DShelton? Two guys the Browns didn’t even want??”

    Shelton I don’t know much about but McCourty was I believe the 17th ranked corner in the league last year, which is a starting caliber corner on most teams.

    No, not every player Belichick trades for works out, but a higher percentage does than what most of the other teams get out of trades. And Bill is quick to cut bait if they don’t and move on to another player.

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    yep, except shelton andmccourty are locks to work in NE formunerous reasons.

    heart, attitude and bil belichick make a great combo

  60. It’s hard to take a Viking fan seriously when the topic is winning a SuperBowl. Losing, yes. Winning, no.

    Back again saying if the team you follow hasn’t won a Super Bowl you cant understand football while if the team you follow has won a Super Bowl that alone in itself means you understand football.

    That is arrogantly absurd. I expect nothing less from cheese eaters.

  61. There is the possibility that they may use one of those first round picks to trade for a starting player THIS year. It would have to be an impact player to burn a first round pick.

  62. I don’t care where McCourty was rated, I merely stated a fact that Cleveland didn’t want him. And Tenn before that. The Pats traded a bag of FBs for him. As for Shelton, I hope it’s a fit. We’ll see. But we all know the collection of 1rst rnd busts BB has brought in, with very limited success. Look, I’m not a BB basher. With his track record, I’d be a fool to do that. But, I’m also not enough of a kool aid drinker to think everthing he does is right. He’s had bad drafts, bad signings and bad trades. I just think he dropped the ball this yr. There’s gonna have to be a lot of wishin’ and prayin’ for ths D to come together into a Championship unit, IMO.

  63. exinsidetrader says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Packers have wasted AR’s prime. Be honest, you know it’s true.
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    I love how the saints can miss the playoffs several years in a row, have the same amount of Superbowl wins as the Packers have had w/ARod and avoid any kind of criticism over wasting Drew Bree’s prime and what not … Or how about the Chargers w/Rivers who have like, 3 playoff wins with him? The vikings won 1 playoff game w/Adrian Peterson.

  64. Patriots were favorite last year and yup they….Lost. This year they have less of a chance. It’s good to plan ahead though especially with the way the players they had last year left and even the one’s that stayed think their head coach is an a hole.

  65. Last game the Pats played they lost to the Eagles. Dolphins beat the Patriots just a few weeks before that. Beat by Jay Cutler…I guess it could have been worse. It’s not like you got beat by Jimmy Garoppolo or Malcom Butler.

  66. 1.Patriot fans don’t care about your silly opinions.
    2. Patriot fans understand you build a team by assessing what you have, and if you don’t need much in the draft, move down/back and stockpile picks.
    3. Patriot fans have seen their team in 8 superbowls since 2000. They believe the formula is a good one. Losing ONE doesn’t change that.
    4. Patriots fans have heard the whole “dynasty is over” junk ceaselessly for ages. Hasn’t happened yet.
    5. Patriot fans understand the AFC East is bad because the Patriots MADE it bad. Continually beating those teams until their owners desperately tried everything to win. Their knee jerk reactions only made their teams worse.
    6. Patriot fans love your salty tears. Keep crying.

  67. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    April 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    Viking fans seem to be coming to the frightening awareness that their keyhole of opportunity is even smaller than everyone thought

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    Really? The pack was exposed last year without Rodgers. They are not a very good team. Rodgers will be back, the same? Funny how pack fan thinks GB is a SB favorite because their diva is back. News flash Vikings, Lions and now the Bears are better. I know it’s hard to hear but it’s the truth.

  68. The Patriots and Packers have won the most games over the past decade. I am glad to see the vikings fans jealousy is on display for the rest of the leagues fans to see. By all means, troll on.

  69. .
    the pats ALWAYS have multiple first and 2nd round picks.
    you know so they can take a QB… eye roll

  70. Once again Belichick schools everybody on how to handle the draft and win Championships but nobody else in the league seems to get it. He will hit on a good percentage of his picks plus undrafted free agents and head deep into the playoffs again while building the youth on the team up to take over. The guy drafts the next Superstar QB with a 7th round pick and stockpiles more picks for next year. Most likely going back to the Superbowl again next year as Nobody else in the AFC looks like adequate competition. Thanks Bill. Your the GOAT Baby.

  71. riraider says:
    April 29, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Philly won the SB!
    Can you remember the Seachickens fans predicting a dynasty? How did that work out?

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    The Eagles do not need a fader fan to boast about us. It’s been what 30+ years since the faders won something? Fly Eagles Fly!

  72. The first part of the offseason is basically over but don’t sleep on the second offseason where the Pats often make acquisitions between the last few preseason games and the season opener. Roster cut downs and cap saving trades can create new options. Its when Bill’s “chicken salad” skills really shine.

  73. figpucker says:
    April 29, 2018 at 7:11 am
    Belichick, Tommy Boy and Gronk will all be gone by then.. no more cheating, no more “gates”
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    As long as monkey Goodell is running the show this couldn’t be any further from the truth. LOL

  74. I like the move Gutey made, and I shouldn’t judge until his pick is made next year..

    But I just can’t shake the feeling that I would have liked Derwin James ALOT more…

  75. Shelton I don’t know much about but McCourty was I believe the 17th ranked corner in the league last year, which is a starting caliber corner on most teams.

    No, not every player Belichick trades for works out, but a higher percentage does than what most of the other teams get out of trades. And Bill is quick to cut bait if they don’t and move on to another player.
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    I watch Belichicks moves with envy. The Shelton move being a prime example.

    Nobody is better with personnel.

  76. Can you remember the Seachickens fans predicting a dynasty? How did that work out?
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    Can you name a team in the League that was closer to making that happen the last 25 years?

    One throw changed everything.

  77. aarons444 says:

    April 30, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Can you remember the Seachickens fans predicting a dynasty? How did that work out?
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    Can you name a team in the League that was closer to making that happen the last 25 years?

    One throw changed everything.

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    One throw? how would Seattle winning that SB make them a “dynasty”? Pats won 3 in 4 years at one point and 5 in 18. And people forget the miracle catch that gave Seattle that field position in the first place. They were lucky to be in that position in the first place.

  78. One throw? how would Seattle winning that SB make them a “dynasty”?
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    Geez.. I didn’t forget what the Patriots did…. that’s not even possible with you clowns around.

    The Seahawks franchise folded under the weight of that failure.

    If Wilson makes a better throw, I think they chances are excellent that they win another.

    .. and do you care to answer the question? What team was set up better over the last 25 years? Historic defense with absurd talent, dominant running game, young QB coming into his own with a knack for making clutch plays.

  79. exinsidetrader says:
    April 29, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Packers have wasted AR’s prime. Be honest, you know it’s true.

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    Rodgers is still IN his prime. You’re just used to the yearly revolving door up there in Minnesota.

  80. aarons444 says:

    April 30, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Geez.. I didn’t forget what the Patriots did…. that’s not even possible with you clowns around.

    The Seahawks franchise folded under the weight of that failure.

    If Wilson makes a better throw, I think they chances are excellent that they win another.

    .. and do you care to answer the question? What team was set up better over the last 25 years? Historic defense with absurd talent, dominant running game, young QB coming into his own with a knack for making clutch plays.

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    I would say “better set up” is a little different than “closer”. “Better set up” sounds more like pure potential, “closer” sounds more like they almost did it but were just short. Back to back would have been very impressive, but they would need to extend that over a few more years to get into dynasty territory. Russell is still young though, they could easily regroup and make another run. Carroll is sneakily the oldest coach in the NFL though, so some of it depends on how long he wants to go.

    But yes, Seattle was an awesome team during that stretch. Lynch was pretty much done after 2014 though.

  81. I think the Packers own pick has a much better chance of being high than the Saints.

  82. Belichik haters:

    The Pats won their 1st SB 17 years ago, they won their 5th 2 years ago and almost won last year.

    On the rosters of those 2 teams there is only one player who was there at the beginning and who is still there. There were some good ones in NE when Belichik got there but from around 2007 ALL of the players on the squad with the exception of #12 were picked, chosen, whatever you want – by Belichik, and that’s not bad.

    And once again they’re in the conversation for the SB in 2019.

    Can such a claim be made about anyone else?

  83. Belichicks run is amazing, and whether its scheme, or talent evaluation, he obviously stands among the greatest of them all.

    I don’t think this Patriot run is any more or less impressive than Lombardi’s Packers, Nolls Steeers, Landrys Cowboys, or Walshs’ 49ers.

  84. aarons444 says:

    May 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Belichicks run is amazing, and whether its scheme, or talent evaluation, he obviously stands among the greatest of them all.

    I don’t think this Patriot run is any more or less impressive than Lombardi’s Packers, Nolls Steeers, Landrys Cowboys, or Walshs’ 49ers.

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    Free agency, more specialization and more teams make it harder to sustain success in this era than those you mentioned. There’s more variables to manage now, its a lot more work. Its been covered.

  85. Free agency, more specialization and more teams make it harder to sustain success in this era than those you mentioned. There’s more variables to manage now, its a lot more work. Its been covered.
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    You’re entitled to that opinion.

    I don’t share it, and never will.

    Teams were stronger in the 70s 80s and 90s. The product was better. Competition was stronger.

    The Pats are cleaning house in a weak era of football.

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