After the natural fanfare and excitement in the wake of the Patriots’ selection of Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones on Thursday night, Bill Belichick and the Patriots entered Night 2 of the draft with the No. 46 overall pick.
Given the importance of their first selection, it seemed like the perfect position for the Patriots to simply wait and go for the best player available, too. But when the Patriots saw an opportunity to take advantage and make the move eight picks up the ladder for who they considered to be the draft’s top option (Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore) at a position yet to be addressed through the first 37 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft, they knew they had to pounce.
“It’s pretty unusual to get the first defensive tackle to be drafted at that point and the first interior defensive lineman to be drafted at that point in the draft,” Belichick acknowledged. “So we traded up. Felt good about acquiring that [pick].
“All those trades vary a little bit. Each one could be a little bit different, but we have several people in the draft room and different people working with different teams and so forth. I think Eliot [Wolf] really handled that particular trade. Although, I’m not 100 percent sure on that, but I think he did. So it just kind of depends on how it falls and whether it actually ends up getting executed or not. But we had several people that worked those trade lines and so sometimes people call us, sometimes we call them. It just varies, honestly, from pick to pick.”
A 6-foot-4, 310-pound threat, Barmore comes to the Patriots following a 2020 campaign that included 52 tackles and team-high eight sacks in 11 games for the National Champion Crimson Tide. A redshirt sophomore, Barmore was also named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press, and earned first team All-SEC honors from both the AP and SEC coaches.
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