NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope
The New England Patriots were back to their old tricks on Thursday night, trading out of the first round while getting a very healthy return package in the process. The Patriots traded the No. 29 overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Nos. 52, 83, 102 and 229 overall selections.
That trade leaves the Patriots with two picks in both the second and third rounds, and eight total picks in the 2013 NFL draft. Formerly restricted by their lack of picks in the draft, the Patriots now have the freedom to find value on the board as it plays out, with plenty of picks available to address their needs.