After a somewhat quiet mid-first in terms of trades, the New England Patriots, a team known to never trade up, dealt the 93rd overall pick and the 27th to the Cincinnati Bengals, a team usually known for not making trades.
Cincinnati: After landing an elite corner prospect at 17, and with more value staying on the board than most anticipated, the Bengals add even more draft capital.
They very well could get Courtney Upshaw at 27, a player they have been linked to strongly in recent weeks. Adding another top 100 pick will give them another very good prospect.
New England: They had the draft capital to pull a move like this off, but their history suggested they wouldn't. Jones is a massive infusion of talent to the defensive line, and he fits their multiple front defense perfectly.
David DeCastro: Some thought he could go top 10. Top 20 seemed like a very good bet. The Bengals were certainly a team that wouldn't pass on him twice. While that might be true, they would take him at 27, not 21.
Guards: If David DeCastro, the best guard prospect in years, can't crack the top 20, what does this mean for future free agent guards?
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