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Patriots don't appear to have any thoughts of trading up really high in 1st round

Ryan Hannable
April 13, 2018 - 10:38 am

FOXBORO -- With how many selections the Patriots have in the first two rounds of this year's draft, the Patriots could seemingly move up to select any player they want.

Although it was never truly likely to happen, if the organization really liked one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, they could have traded all their top four picks to get into the top five and selected one of Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold or Josh Allen.

But, speaking at his pre-draft press conference Friday, Bill Belichick indicated there are a few players who are out of reach, which indicates the team doesn't have any plans to trade up into say the top-five or top-10.

"In the end, we give each player a value based on what we think he can do for us," he said. "And then we ultimately do the best we can to improve the football team with the opportunities that we have. This year is a little bit different than the last couple years. Going into those past two drafts, I would say we were able to eliminate a number of players just based on where we were selecting. This year is a little bit different than that, but we really need to know the draft from top to bottom and potentially – I’d say there’s a handful of players that are probably out of reach – but realistically, just about everybody’s in play, other than a handful of guys.

"So, that’s a little bit different than what it’s been. It doesn’t change our process any; it just changes, I would say, the level of work that we do on some players that could be a factor that in other years, similar players, we scouted them but we really had no opportunity to draft them. But in the end, you can’t manufacture players. You can’t manufacture a guy. It’s a name on the board right now and until that player gets on the field and performs, then we never really know for sure what that’s going to be.

"So, really the time to evaluate the draft is a couple years afterwards, but we don’t have that viewpoint right now, so we’ll put it together and figure it out the best that we can, do what’s best for the team, whatever that is."

The Patriots have picks Nos. 23 and 31 in the first round.

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