No one works the draft board better than Bill Belichek. Typically the Patriots trade down and stockpile 2nd and 3rd round picks in the current year and in the next draft as well. With that being said, the Patriots have been so good for so long due in part to their terrific defensive line. For the sake of discussion, let's assume that Belichek badly wants Marcell Dareus or Nick Fairley, knowing that the defense has a chance to be dominant again with better play on the defensive line. Knowing that he's got to crack the top five to get the defensive lineman he covets he picks up the phone and makes CHIX and offer:
#3 and #68 (2450) for #17, #28, and #33 (2190)
Yes, this goes against the Patriot model but for the right guy it's not beyond question. Bear in mind that the Patriots would still have a 2nd round pick along with (in this scenario) a trio of third round selections. Belichek could trade away pick #61 for a 2012 draft pick. With three third rounders the Patriots would have the flexibility to move around the board, trading back into the second - or even the first - if he felt the need.
Buffalo would come behind in terms of the draft value chart by roughly the value of the #68 pick. Still, it would give Buffalo 4 of the first 34 selections in the draft. For a team needing quantity this could be a way to infuse a great deal of talent. Also, bear in mind that owning #33 and #34 would allow the Bills to dominate the trade market at the top of the second round. It's quite possible that the Bills would be able to turn either of those two picks into a 2012 first rounder, a second and third round pick (possibly more) in 2011 or some combination of 2011 and 2012 picks. Additionally, if the Bills aren't sold on Gabbert or Newton a different QB could be chosen at #17, #28 or in the second round.
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