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Patriots have ability to trade with Broncos, Colts to get into top-10 of NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 20, 2018 - 10:11 am

It appears both the Broncos at No. 5 and the Colts at No. 6 are open to trades at the top of next week's NFL draft.

Bill Belichick is always open to dealing during the draft, so nothing should ever be ruled out. In the past, the Patriots haven't had the ammunition to be able to swing a trade to get into the top-10, but having four picks in the first 63 this year, that has changed.

According to the NFL draft trade value chart (created by Jimmy Johnson in the 1990s and still used to this day), the Patriots have the ability to swing a trade with either the Colts and Broncos at No. 5 or 6.

The No. 5 overall pick has a value of 1,700 points while the No. 6 overall pick has a value of 1,600 points. Looking at the Patriots selections, pick Nos. 23, 31 and 43 have a total value of 1,400 points. Yes, it's off by two and three-hundred points, but it's always hard to get the exact value in a trade. New England could also throw a late-round pick in to sweeten the deal to make it work.

So, while it seems the picks give them the ability to move up, the teams willing to deal may be hesitant to swing trades with the Patriots. The Colts may not want to after what happened this offseason with Josh McDaniels, and the Broncos and John Elway may not want to help out the best team in the AFC.

Of course if the Patriots were to trade up this high, it would likely be for a quarterback and they reportedly have shown some interest in Josh Rosen.

In the end, while they may have the ability to do it, we don’t see it happening as the Patriots have too many other needs to give up three picks in the top 43 just to draft one player. 

But, as we know with Belichick, never say never.

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