You know it’s gonna happen.
The Patriots currently have the 27th and 31st selections in Round 1 and four total in the top 63 selections. What they don’t have is a lot of late draft picks.
If the Patriots, as expected, trade one of their first-round selections, they will want either a future first- or an early second-round selection with a few late picks thrown in to sweeten the deal.
If New England acquires an early second-round pick in the deal, they have an eye on a player they believe will still be available. Whether it’s a receiver (maybe Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu or South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery) or a hybrid pass rusher (Syracuse’s Chandler Jones, possibly), the Patriots hope the right player falls to incentivize making a deal with either pick.
Here are five players that teams might target through a deal with the Patriots.