Other than perhaps wearing a hoodie, Bill Belichick might be best known in NFL circles for working the NFL Draft to its fullest – trading up, trading down, and stock-piling picks.
While it is difficult to speculate about trade scenarios without knowing which players would still be available, it’s good to think about how a trade may affect the draft as a whole. How many rookies could conceivably make the team? Where is the value in this draft?
The easy answer here is to predict that Belichick will trade at least one pick into the 2012 NFL Draft. However, with the current CBA situation, the 2012 NFL Draft isn’t scheduled to take place. Albeit a small chance of the 2012 NFL Draft not happening, the Patriots aren’t a team to waste value.
Another implication of the current labor environment is that undrafted free-agents won’t be able to sign with teams until a CBA is reached. In some teams’ minds, that might put a premium on 6th/7th round draft picks.
We’d like to know two things – What do you WANT the Patriots to do? What do you THINK the Patriots will do?