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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text "ON THE CLOCK" for the New England Patriots during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Peter King always has some kind of Patriots nugget in his Monday column for Pro Football Talk. So naturally, this time of year it’s about the draft.

King isn’t ruling out that the Patriots could trade up in the first round to take one of the top quarterback prospects. But like most well-connected reporters and prognosticators, he’s stopping short of Bill Belichick giving up a future first-round pick (plus more) to jump from the 15th pick to No. 4 or a similar spot.

Here’s how King described his sense of the situation:

“…You might look at all that history and eliminate the Pats from moving up to 10 or nine or eight to pick a passer. I wouldn’t eliminate that chance, because Belichick is proving this year that there’s no book on roster-building for him, particularly in the post-Brady era. Now, I doubt the Pats will trade next year’s first-round pick, the likely cost to move up into QB-acquisition position, but nothing’s certain with the Patriots now.”

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