In 2009, New England traded the 26th overall pick and a fifth-round pick for a second and two thirds.
The Packers drafted All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews, a player the Patriots’ defense definitely could have used.
The Patriots used one of those picks on Tate, who didn’t work out. Just like this year, the Patriots traded out of the first round and decided to find value later in the draft.
Only one of their six selections in the second and third rounds in 2009 — tackle Sebastian Vollmer — is still on the team.
Maybe things will be different this time around. With offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant Brian Daboll, the Patriots now have other eyes — two pairs that have been elsewhere in the NFL — to evaluate receivers.
On paper, Dobson could help the Patriots at a position of need. The garbage can is full of paper champions.
Time will tell which category Dobson and this draft strategy falls into.