The 2017 NFL Draft will start in less than a week, and there will be plenty of trades. That's just the nature of the draft, although those trades are very difficult to predict. One team that could make some moves is the New England Patriots. Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have been one of the most trade-happy teams in the NFL and have already made a few moves involving picks this offseason.
To help determine the value of each pick and what it would cost, we're using the NFL trade value chart. While the trade values won't match up exactly, we tried to get them as close to even as possible. With that in mind, here are three trades the Patriots could make in the NFL Draft.
3. Trade Malcolm Butler To The Saints
Saints Get: CB Malcolm Butler
Patriots Get: 1st round pick (No. 32 overall)
This is one of the more rumored trades right now, with Albert Breer reporting there's still a good chance he ends up in New Orleans. Since the Saints won't give up their No. 11 overall pick to sign Butler as a RFA, this could be what the deal looks like. Once Butler signs his tender, the Pats and Saints could work out a trade, with the No. 32 overall pick the likely compensation. And once the Pats get that pick, they could very well trade it again, either to move up or down.
2. Trade First Pick For Future 2nd
Dolphins Get: 3rd round pick (No. 72 overall)
Patriots Get: 2018 2nd round pick
This would be a classic Belichick move: give up a pick this year for a higher one next year. The Dolphins are without a third rounder, so they're a prime trade partner (although it could be any team really). AFC East trading doesn't usually happen, but we'll let it slide here. Dealing away their first pick (again) wouldn't
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1. Trade Into Round 2
Browns Get: 3rd round pick (No. 72 overall) and 3rd round pick (No. 96 overall)
Patriots Get: 2nd round pick (No. 52)
The trade value chart says the Pats come out ahead by more than they should, but it's clear the Browns put more value on draft picks. Plus, the two regimes have a good trading relationship. Dealing both 3rd round picks could allow the Patriots to jump into the middle of the second and pick up a defensive player. It's a loaded class at edge rusher and corner, both positions of need for the Patriots. Perhaps there's a player Belichick covets that he's willing to move up and snag.Back to the New England Patriots Newsfeed