NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Depending on if the Steelers match the offer-sheet signed by receiver Emmanuel Sanders, which it sounds like is still a possibility, the Patriots will either have just two or three picks before the seventh round of the draft.
While the Patriots have had success finding talent that late – Julian Edelman and Alfonzo Dennard come immediately to mind – you have to wonder if Bill Belichick will trade down to fill in the gap with picks in the middle rounds.
However, when everybody thinks they have the Patriots intentions figured out, they always seem to surprise.
The Patriots roster is not one that is rife with holes. Add some depth to the front seven and defensive backfield, draft a developmental lineman, sprinkle in a wide receiver or two, and the Patriots might be feeling pretty good about their 53-man roster.
With the off-season additions of Armond Armstead and Jason Vega, there is already some competition in the front seven. Alfonzo Dennard will be with the team after avoiding any in-season jail time. Julian Edelman has re-signed. Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and perhaps Sanders are joining the team.
Is there really that much room for rookies on the game-day roster?
Give me an impact player on each side of the ball – with the 29th and 59th pick – I don’t think the Patriots need to trade down.
Your turn: Do the Patriots need to trade down to get more picks in the 2013 NFL Draft?