NFL Trade Rumors: New England Looking to Move Up for Cameron Jordan?
NFL Trade Rumors See New England, Dallas In Trade Talks to Let Pats Grab Cameron Jordan
The New England Patriots have more picks in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft than any other club. But, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortenson, they're not looking to just sit back and use all four picks on themselves. Instead, they're in talks to swap places with the Dallas Cowboys, who currently hold the ninth overall pick and have been actively looking to trade down.
What could possibly cause Belichick to trade into a higher slot? That would be physical freak of nature Cameron Jordan, a defensive end from Cal.
The former Golden Bear looks to be a perfect fit for Belichick's 3-4, with his pass rush skills, run stuffing skills, and his unique blend of strength, size and speed. But, there's also virtually no chance that Jordan will be available for the Pats' first pick in the draft, the 17th overall.
In all likelihood, Belichick and the Pats would be giving up that pick, because the Cowboys seem incredibly interested in Tyron Smith or Anthony Castonzo in the first round, and there's no guarantee either would be available later on.
On top of that, New England would likely give up a second-round pick, probably their last one of the second round. That way, they still have three picks in the first 33 slots of the draft, while the Cowboys get their man and an extra pick on top. The draft pick chart says the 33rd overall pick would be needed for the equal value test, but because Belichick and Jerry Jones get along swimmingly, they'll cut a more favorable deal than that.
Frankly, if the Pats are that sold on Jordan, this one makes perfect sense. They get the elite defensive end they want, Dallas gets the elite offensive lineman they want, and neither team gets screwed in terms of picks.
If I'm Bill Belichick, this is the deal I make. You guarantee that the player you want gets to you, and you still have plenty of room to wheel and deal later, if you need to. It's a win-win for both teams, and typically, when that happens, you've got yourself a trade.
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