Morning sports update: NFL insider explained what trading up for a quarterback would cost the Patriots

Here's a hypothetical deal using Jimmy Johnson's classic draft value chart.

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Bill Belichick during the 2020 season. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

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The cost of trading up: Despite making a series of major upgrades across the roster, the Patriots have one major remaining question at the quarterback position even after re-signing Cam Newton to a one year contract.


While it remains to be seen if Bill Belichick would decide to trade up from the 15th overall pick to try and get one of the higher rated rookie quarterbacks, one NFL insider recently examined the cost of what a hypothetical deal would entail.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer — citing former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson’s classic value chart of draft picks — explained how a team like the Falcons (currently holding the fourth pick) might approach a trade with the Patriots.

“The Falcons’ pick, on the old Jimmy Johnson draft value chart, is worth 1,800 points,” wrote Breer. “The Patriots are sitting at 15th, and that one’s 1,050 points. Generally, you’d value a future first at a little less than the middle-of-the-round pick. A middle-of-the-first-round pick equals 975 points, which would get you well past 1,800. Thing is, if you think the Patriots are going to be good next year—and we have two decades of evidence showing Bill Belichick is plenty capable of making that happen—then you aren’t going to value the pick like that.


“So, let’s say you’d value the Patriots’ 2022 first-round pick as the 28th selection,” continued Breer. “That one’s worth 660 points, and 1,050 plus 660 is 1,710. To that, add the Patriots’ two fourth-round picks, which are worth 54 and 50 points, and you’re there.”

In the end, the deal would look like this:

  • Patriots receive: fourth overall pick
  • Falcons receive: 15th pick, 120th pick, 122nd pick, and a 2022 first-round pick

The NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 29.

Trivia: Jimmy Johnson is one of only three coaches in history to win a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. Who are the other two?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: One coached at Oklahoma, the other at the University of Southern California.


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