Nick Caserio acknowledges potential of Patriots making trades on Day 2 of NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 26, 2019 - 9:39 am

FOXBORO -- Friday night could be an even bigger night than Thursday for the Patriots.

It is Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL draft where the Patriots have five selections overall -- two in Round 2 and three in Rounds 3. With so many selections, the potential is there for the Patriots to make some trades -- either up to grab a player they really want, back to pick up even more picks, or even out all together to maybe get some some more picks in 2020.

Speaking following the draft Thursday night, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio acknowledged the flexibility is there.

"Our position is that we have five picks tomorrow, but we’ll see how that goes," he said. "[There are] certainly some opportunities that could be there, potentially to move around a little bit. We do have a little flexibility relative to the picks, so we’ll evaluate the board, we’ll evaluate the situation and the opportunities that are there and try to make good decisions here over the next couple of days. There’s plenty of work to do, but we’re off to a decent start and we’ll see how it goes."

Caserio also believes there are still impact players left who can help the team.

"There’s definitely some good players that are left here," he said. "So, I think we’ll work through it. There’s some players that I think we like, that I think we’re going to like and we have some flexibility. Maybe if there’s a player that we think we need to target a little bit earlier, we could potentially go up and get him. If not, we can kind of sit back and pick. We’ll look at it, but I would say there’s certainly groups of players and some positions maybe have a little more depth than others, so we’ll just have to look at it relative to where we think we are as a team. It should be interesting."

The Patriots have picks Nos. 56, 64, 73, 97 and 101 overall.

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