Patriots pull off draft trades with Dolphins and Seahawks involving 147th pick

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during Super Bowl XLIX. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick is back to his wheeling and dealing ways after sitting out of the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.

The New England Patriots head coach made two trades in quick succession during Saturday’s action at the NFL draft, both involving the 147th overall pick. First, the Patriots traded with the Miami Dolphins to move up to 147th overall in the fifth round.

The Patriots gave up the 196th, 204th, and 250th overall picks in the initial trade with the Dolphins. New England then flipped the 147th pick and the 243rd pick to the Seattle Seahawks for the 225th overall pick in 2016 and a 2017 fourth-round pick.


The Patriots had a feeling they would have to move some of their picks. After making four selections on Friday night, the Patriots were up to 80 players on their roster with eight picks remaining.

“Somewhere along the line, something’s going to have to give,” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said on Friday night. “We’re going to have to give some picks up or, you know, you have 90 players you can actually have on your roster at one time, so we’re going to have to see how it all fits together.”

The Patriots currently have four selections remaining this year: 208, 214, 221, and 225. The additional pick in 2017 brings the Patriots to eight picks.


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