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Analysis of Patriots trade with the Saints

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 28, 2011 10:34 PM

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To no one's surprise, Trader Bill Belichick has done it again.

The Patriots' 28th pick was always in play, most of us thought it would be dealt to a team wanting a quarterback.

Instead, the Patriots traded the 28th pick to the Saints for their 56th pick in the second round of this year's draft, and their first-round pick in next year's draft.

The Saints, who previously selected Cal DE Cameron Jordan, took RB Mark Ingram.

Both players wouldn't have hurt the Patriots, who now have three second-round picks (33, 56, 60) and two thirds (74 and 92) tomorrow night.

The second round has been pretty good for the Patriots.

Last year, it produced tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebackers Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes.

In 2009 it was safety Patrick Chung, nose tackle Ron Brace, cornerback Darius Butler and tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

Look, I'm not going to sit here and tell you the Patriots did the right thing. You don't know until they make those picks and they get on the field.

It gives them more shots to hit on players, to be sure, but the further you drop back it also decreases the chance of getting an impact player. Teams take players in the first round for a reason.

So, we'll have to wait and see.

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