Patriots trade Duke Dawson to Broncos

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The Patriots used a second-round draft pick on cornerback Duke Dawson last season, but he suffered a hamstring injury and never got on the field. And now he’s leaving New England without having ever played a game.

Dawson was traded to the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The Patriots are getting the Broncos’ sixth-round draft pick while the Broncos are getting Dawson plus the Patriots’ seventh-round draft pick.

The 23-year-old Dawson didn’t appear to have done enough to earn a 53-man roster spot in New England, so the Patriots were surely glad to get anything for him in a trade. The Broncos likely figured a player who went in the second round last year wouldn’t make it to them on waivers.

When Bill Belichick decides to move on from a player, he doesn’t wait. Most teams wouldn’t want to get rid of a second-round pick after one year, but the Patriots were ready to move on.

34 responses to “Patriots trade Duke Dawson to Broncos

  1. Something about those second/third round DBs, Bill and his staff really tend to whiff kinda hard on them. Fortunately, he can build a championship roster around late round/undrafted and castoffs veterans from other teams.

  2. Another bad pick. It’s a good thing they get 12 picks a year because they sure whiff on many picks. High picks.

  3. The most underrated story line of Pats dynastic run has been how godawful they’ve drafted. Obviously the price of having Bellichick the coach, is having Bellichick the GM. But God, if he was an average drafter, they might be looking at 10 super bowls.

  4. Belichick has no need to massage his ego. To him the draft is just a process – & he must have about 30 picks in next year’s draft now too. To the salty mountain of hate who constantly cry that he can’t draft – well, he drafted most of last year’s SB roster. And as champs Pats see more talent drain/turnover than any other team (eg only a 3rd of his SB49 roster were there by SB51). Yet he’s still gotten to half (9) of the last 18 SBs, despite nearly always picking last. No one’s drafted better.

  5. 4moreyears20 says:
    August 30, 2019 at 11:48 am
    The most underrated story line of Pats dynastic run has been how godawful they’ve drafted. Obviously the price of having Bellichick the coach, is having Bellichick the GM. But God, if he was an average drafter, they might be looking at 10 super bowls.
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    Show us the stats to prove he’s not an average drafter. He’s certainly above average, look at all the talent that’s walked through those doors. He rarely ever whiffs on a 1st rounder. Sure there have been some duds in the 2nd but then you look at the gems he’s found in the later rounds. I would say he’s easily top 10 in drafting, especially when you consider how low in each rounds they typically pick from finishing in the top 5 every year. I can’t count how many teams have blown their first round picks, Pats never do.

  6. Richard Nguyen says:
    August 30, 2019 at 11:43 am
    Something about those second/third round DBs, Bill and his staff really tend to whiff kinda hard on them. Fortunately, he can build a championship roster around late round/undrafted and castoffs veterans from other teams.

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    Malcolm Butler, JC Jackson or Jon JOnes were not “cast offs”…They called these people immediately because they liked them coming out of college with the scouting reports.

  7. Some guys just don’t wanna work hard, and some guys just quit when it gets too difficult right Andrew

  8. Another bad pick. It’s a good thing they get 12 picks a year because they sure whiff on many picks. High picks.

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    Just imagine if they hit on those picks, they might have won all 9 super bowls they have played in the last 20 years, plus a few more.

  9. The benefit of BB’s security is the ease with which he can move on from his own mistakes. In the same draft he found a late round CB in JC Jackson who is a superior player.

  10. 4moreyears20 says:
    August 30, 2019 at 11:48 am

    The most underrated story line of Pats dynastic run has been how godawful they’ve drafted. Obviously the price of having Bellichick the coach, is having Bellichick the GM. But God, if he was an average drafter, they might be looking at 10 super bowls.
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    Yea, this is absolute nonsense. A fairy tale. EVERY fan base complains about the way their team drafts because every team has big misses. A lot of teams actually screw up “can’t miss” first round picks. John Elway has totally missed on his last 3 QB picks trying to replace Manning, and has blown several high picks including a 1st rounder failing to rebuild the O-line. Bill rarely misses on 1st rounders even though he’s always picking from 28-32 in the round, and always fattens the roster with mid and late rounders along with UDFA’s. He uses the 2nd round to roll the dice, take chances, etc. Sometimes it works – Gronk, Vollmer, Matt Light, Jimmy G, Jamie Collins, etc. Sometimes it doesn’t. There’s a lot more to the draft than the 2nd round. Belichick has a good overall draft record.

  11. People love to focus on 1st and 2nd round busts.

    Yet, most of the time Belichick is picking 30+ after other teams. He doesn’t care if you are a 1st rounder, 7th rounder or un-drafted.

    “Can you help the team this year?” If not, see ya.

    Most teams would hold on to Duke Dawson for 4 or 5 years to see if they can make him work. They don’t realize they are sacrificing another roster spot for another corner…like a Malcolm Butler, Eric Rowe or J.C. Jackson or Johnathan Jones (all majors corner contributors to the past 4 Super Bowls).

    Just another reason Belichick had 14 draft picks leading up to this week…

    He can afford to whiff on a few and move on. Unlike most fans here who don’t understand how to take a team, consisting of offense, defense and special teams, to 9 Super Bowls.

  12. mikeinbrookline says:
    August 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    4moreyears20 says:
    August 30, 2019 at 11:48 am
    The most underrated story line of Pats dynastic run has been how godawful they’ve drafted. Obviously the price of having Bellichick the coach, is having Bellichick the GM. But God, if he was an average drafter, they might be looking at 10 super bowls.
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    Show us the stats to prove he’s not an average drafter. He’s certainly above average, look at all the talent that’s walked through those doors. He rarely ever whiffs on a 1st rounder. Sure there have been some duds in the 2nd but then you look at the gems he’s found in the later rounds. I would say he’s easily top 10 in drafting, especially when you consider how low in each rounds they typically pick from finishing in the top 5 every year. I can’t count how many teams have blown their first round picks, Pats never do.

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    He’s the greatest GM and assessor of talent for what he wants in NFL history if not sports history.

    With the Rookie Cap, the fact Dawson was making a bit more than JC Jackson with JAckson earning his spot and now with Crossen rising up or Jon Jones being as good as he’s been as an UDFA, it doesn’t matter where you’re picked.

    It’s irrelevant. The secondary build was a massive success and they had JoeJuan Williams trying out for McCourty’s spot last night for next year, as suspected.

    I mean, the guy is just unbelievable as a GM and Coach. To spin this the other way is hilarious.

    The D is loaded beyond belief.

  13. Same old nonsense about Belichick. He’s a very below average drafter that’s a fact look it up. And again the Patriots have the easiest schedule in the NFL no wonder they continue to do well year after year the easiest schedule after winning Super Bowls. Seems to make sense to me. Not! What a joke of a dynasty can’t wait till it’s over

  14. This is one of the deepest, most talented teams Belichick has had in New England. I suspect at least half a dozen Patriots cuts won’t clear waivers and need to be dealt if possible. Expect two or three more trades like this.

  15. Dawson just wasn’t as good as the rest of the very talented cornerback group which may be among the best in the league. Also he did not stand out on special teams. It doesn’t mean that he is a bad player. Good investment by the Broncos.

  16. nfceastisbeast says:
    August 30, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Another bad pick. It’s a good thing they get 12 picks a year because they sure whiff on many picks.

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    Every team does! Come on. And this sounds like judging drafts by whether they produce “superstars”, which are generally overrated. Teams with superstars end up with contract drama and cap issues that lead to domino effects of not being able to keep enough good players. Teams that draft for quality and flexibility, like the Patriots do, know that “superstars” usually turn into overpriced headaches.

  17. Belichick the GM is in a position where he has enough pelts on the wall not to sweat when a 2nd rounder can’t crack a stacked roster when there are cheaper guys with higher potential upside around to provide depth. The whiners can take all the pot shots they want at him, what his Lombardis don’t deflect will never get through his hide anyway.

  18. The most underrated story line of Pats dynastic run has been how godawful they’ve drafted.

    Comments like this always make me chuckle. I don’t care how good your coach and QB are, if you aren’t doing a good job drafting in the NFL, you’re not going to have a good team. It just can’t be done.

    They’ve drafted probably 220-240 players since Belichick arrived, and there have absolutely been some notable failures. As has been the case for everyone running a draft for every team. The draft is an exercise in projection and guessing, because you’re drafting players that have not yet had any success in the NFL. And everyone misses on many players. I’ve never seen an objective analysis suggesting that Belichick isn’t as good as anyone else at it, but I know, from their record on the field, that he’s certainly not “godawful.”

    And I’ve said this before, but this is a good time to mention it again. One of the Patriots real competitive advantages is that a) BB is an economist who understands sunk costs and b) he doesn’t give a damn about his “draft scorecard.”

    If Duke Dawson’s not going to be more valuable to them this year than two draft picks next year, some teams will still not make that trade, because it opens them up for criticism of their drafting ability. As we see here. The Patriots. Don’t. Care. They understand – he understands – that the only things that they can influence starting now is the things that are going to happen, not the the things that have already happened…

  19. observantfan says:
    August 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Same old nonsense about Belichick. He’s a very below average drafter that’s a fact look it up. And again the Patriots have the easiest schedule in the NFL no wonder they continue to do well year after year the easiest schedule after winning Super Bowls. Seems to make sense to me. Not! What a joke of a dynasty can’t wait till it’s over.

    Not too sure about your “facts” there buddy. And yes, the dynasty will be over some time in the future, nobody knows when. Until then, suck it up.

  20. observantfan says:
    August 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    Same old nonsense about Belichick. He’s a very below average drafter that’s a fact look it up. And again the Patriots have the easiest schedule in the NFL no wonder they continue to do well year after year the easiest schedule after winning Super Bowls. Seems to make sense to me. Not! What a joke of a dynasty can’t wait till it’s over


    But..but…but..they get an easy schedule every year.

    Come back when you figure out how the NFL does the scheduling

    The jealous ones always have lame excuses

    #crybaby

  21. Life doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Life does exist in constant variable mode. Some years this guy would have made the team. This year he isn’t. Every year the circumstances are different. When BB selected Dawson last year he had no idea that he’d have access to drafting the 6’4″ Williams this year. It’s possible to nail the pick and thinks still not work out for various reasons. Perhaps injuries or free agency adds a variable into the mix. Maybe the player has the skills but they lost their focus/desire once they started getting WEEKLY paychecks for $250,000. We don’t know what’s that like or how we’d respond to that so it’s sort of unfair to proclaim all the “would of could of should of” onto others when we could easily share the same fate if we were in the same situation.

  22. observantfan says:
    August 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    Same old nonsense about Belichick. He’s a very below average drafter that’s a fact look it up. And again the Patriots have the easiest schedule in the NFL no wonder they continue to do well year after year the easiest schedule after winning Super Bowls. Seems to make sense to me. Not! What a joke of a dynasty can’t wait till it’s over

    Oh and last season the Patriots beat MORE teams with a winning record than ANY team in the league.

    #crybaby

  23. The old Belichick is a terrible drafter and GM line that is long disproven. Absolutely hilarious.

    No other GM or GM/Coach in NFL history has ever come even vaguely close to getting their team to 12 AFC championships, 9 Super Bowls and winning 6 of them in a 20 year period. Not one.

    He’s the best GM in NFL history and the rosters he’s assembled have shown that over and over again.

    Meanwhile the tearful people who hate the Pats have to hang their hats on false statements to try and pretend he’s not very good at any of this. According to you people Bill is terrible, Brady is terrible, every players whose played for the Pats in the last 20 years is terrible, and none of them know what they’re doing.

    Hilarious

  24. The Patriots will cut a half a dozen players that won’t clear waivers and need to be dealt if possible. I’d expect at least two or three more deals like this.

  25. BB drafted 3 starting QB’s for 3 different franchise for opening weekend. Brady NE, Brissett Colts, Garappolo 49ers. He also drafted a head coach making his coaching debut (not Mike Vrable. He was drafted by the Steelers. But Rather Kliff Kingsbury AZ.)

    Who else in the history of the NFL can make that claim?

  26. @Tylawspick6

    Uh, reading comprehension my man. It says “castoff veteran from other teams”, as in drafted by another team but abandoned and had their careers revived with the Pats. Your Vrabels, Ninks, Jason Mac etc.

  27. I bet you would trade your teams GM for BB. He is a team builder and if he sees a 7th round pick and an undrafted player perform better than his 2nd round pick then he will do what is best for the TEAM. He does not just say that to be saying that. He will trade or release you if he thinks it will help the team. He will do it even if you have more talent, just ask Moss, milloy, wilfork, Collins, Jones etc. Whatever he thinks is best for his team… Works.
    You want this dynasty to end? Write to your favorite team, your congressman or Dr Phil… Quit whining, your team just isn’t that good and they keep the Patriots Dynasty going strong.

  28. Being willing to get rid of higher draft picks that don’t work out is a lot better than keeping them around just because of their draft slot.

  29. Just another bad draft pick from a mediocre GM. Fortunately BB expertly coaches the mediocrity he gives himself up, and Brady does the rest.

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