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We'll likely see a bloodless episode of Game of Thrones before we see an NFL draft without Belichick and the New England Patriots trading up and down the board. The amount of talent likely available on Day 2 of the draft will make it hard for him to turn down a lucrative offer from a team wishing to grab a falling quarterback or wide receiver.
In this year's draft, fans shouldn't equate trading down with passing on talent. Day 2 will be flooded with talent, and a team that can swing three or four picks is going to reap a bigger reward than acquiring one pick late in the first round.
If New England can swing a trade like they did with the Minnesota Vikings last year—trading their first for a second, third, fourth and seventh—it is really a no-brainer. Belichick could even use some of his newly found draft capital to move back into the second round.
Fans might not like waiting until Friday to meet the newest Patriot, but it could work out for the best in the long run. Adding a Day 2 haul such as Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame), Stephon Tuitt (DL, Notre Dame), Christian Kirksey (LB, Iowa) and Weston Richburg (OC, Colorado State) would quickly quiet Belichick's detractors.