Memo To Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on the NFL Draft: Don't Trade Down, Please

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Memo To Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on the NFL Draft: Don't Trade Down, Please

Hey Bill,

I'm sure you're crazy busy this time of year, so I'll keep this short. Of late, you've had this propensity for trading down in the draft to acquire picks. A pretty solid plan in the past, but I'm begging you to stop it.

For one thing, it's as anticlimactic as an episode of LOST. Draft day is like Spring Christmas to me, so when you trade again and again until you lapse out of the first round, it's mildly frustrating. Usually it's for some NAIA tight end who has less documented tape than Big Foot.

Again, I trust you, but I'm just a man.

Last year, I talked myself into Pat Chung and Ron Brace, and I still believe they will be solid players. But please, don't make me do that again. Recently, I've talked myself into Clash of the Titans and the KFC Double Down. My heart can't handle any more disappointment, Bill (never mind the cholesterol).

Let me throw this at you: What if you traded up this year?

Let that marinate for a second.

Instead of drifting backward, you could leapfrog up and grab someone like Dez Bryant or CJ Spiller. Consider what 2009 would have been like if Tom Brady had been throwing to Percy Harvin instead of Joey Galloway's decomposing body?

What's more, you have a ridiculous ace in the hole with the Raiders' first-round pick next year. I know keeping it stashed inside your hoodie is probably more appealing, but a word of caution: That pick may be more powerful than you know.

With the dumpster fire that is the Oakland Raiders, the pick could be for No. 1 overall, and if that's the case, watch out. Holding on to that pick could be like Frodo slipping the ring on his finger. No good can come of it.

So do the right thing—flip it in this year's draft.

I know, I know. You're the boss and you have a proven record. But sometimes the best choice is the most obvious one. Get some offensive firepower and maybe a pass rusher or two.

I don't ask for much. But I can't sit through another season of Laurence Maroney. Do what you know needs to be done.

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