The Minnesota Vikings put a lot of eggs in WR Cordarrelle Patterson’s basket, and Belichick went ahead and looted it. Considering the Patriots got four picks—Nos. 52, 83, 120 and 229 overall—for their late first-rounder—No. 29 overall—it’s hard to argue they didn’t outfox the draft system and any pundit who thought they knew what New England’s draft plans were.
The trade leaves New England with two picks In Rounds 2 and 3, plus a fourth-rounder and three picks in the seventh.
Still, all the eggs in the world won’t do any good if you don’t know how to cook them. So, here’s how the Patriots can throw together a tasty draft omelet and avoid scrambling their picks on Day 2 (Rounds 2 and 3), assuming they don’t have any more trades in the works.