The 2012 NFL draft was certainly out of the ordinary for the New England Patriots as we saw Bill Belichick and company trade up in the first round to select defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
If trading up does prove to be a new trend for the Patriots, then one player that the team might have their eyes on is cornerback Desmond Trufant.
According to our 2013 Patriots Draft Contacts here at NE Patriots Draft, the Patriots held an official visit with the cornerback prospect out of Washington.
If New England happened to fall in love, so to speak, with Trufant, then trading up to the middle of the first round would certainly be a possibility—considering that Trufant is projected to be long gone by the time New England is on the clock at No. 29 overall.
In recent mock drafts, Trufant has been selected in the middle of the first round:
NE Patriots Draft’s James Christensen: No. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers
ESPN Insider Todd McShay: No. 21 Cincinnati Bengals
ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr.: No. 19 New York Giants
If Trufant is available at that point of the draft, say picks No. 17-22, then the Patriots could certainly pull the trigger and move up.
New England will enter the draft with five draft picks: 1st Round (#29 Overall), 2nd Round (#59 Overall), 3rd Round (#91 Overall), 7th Round (#226 Overall) and 7th Round (#235 Overall).
By referencing the NFL draft trade value chart, picks No. 17-22 are worth between 950 and 780. So in order for the Patriots to move up to that range, the team will likely have to trade their No. 29 overall pick, which is worth 640 and No. 91 overall pick, which is worth 136 and one of their seventh rounders.
This might come off as a lot to trade for just one player, but if the Patriots do value Trufant at a very high-level, then it could be well worth the move.
We have Trufant as the second rated cornerback in this year’s class. Trufant stands in at 5’11” and weighs 190 pounds. All in all, Trufant has all the potential in the world to be an elite cornerback at the NFL level as he’s incredibly athletic and versatile and plays the game with an uncanny instinct.
When it comes to predicting the Patriots, it’s one of the more difficult things that one can do. However, if Belichick and New England’s player personnel department values Trufant at a high-level, then the team will certainly explore ways to acquire him as the scenario develops on draft day.