By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided not to make any selections in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Like he did in 2009 and 2013, Belichick instead opted to trade out of the first round on draft night and accumulate more assets for day 2.
The Pats were two picks away when the news broke that they were trading pick No. 23 to the Chargers for picks 37 and 71. The Patriots lacked a selection between picks 23 and 87. While the Patriots miss out on a first round pick, they still have 13 selections to work with on Friday and Saturday.
Here’s an updated list of Patriots draft picks:
— Second round, No. 37: acquired from Chargers
— Third round, No. 71: acquired from Chargers
— Third round, No. 87: own pick
— Third round, No. 98: compensatory pick
— Third round, No. 100: compensatory pick
— Fourth round, No. 125: acquired from Bears
— Fourth round, No. 139: acquired from Buccaneers
— Fifth round, No. 172: acquired from Lions
— Sixth round, No. 195: acquired from Broncos
— Sixth round, No. 204: acquired from Texans
— Sixth round, No. 212: compensatory pick
— Sixth round, No. 213: compensatory pick
— Seventh round, No. 230: acquired from Falcons
If history is any indication, Thursday was just the first of many Patriots trades. And if they don’t, we’ll have plenty of draft picks to talk about.
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