If the Patriots can do it, why can't we?

By Michael Lombardi from

The New England Patriots will have many teams vying for their first pick in the second round (No. 33 overall), but their most coveted pick will be the 28th pick overall. In fact, there will be so many teams that want to acquire that 28th overall pick that the value of the pick will far exceed the old chart value. The 28th pick will be the auction pick, because many teams won't want to leave Radio City on Thursday night without the player it deems the key to its draft

Before they would agree to a trade, the Patriots calculated how far they can move down and still get a player of equal talent with their new pick.  That is, they trade to put itself in the best economic position possible with every pick.

The Patriots want the talent level of each player to match the cost of each pick, which is what many teams say they want as well, but few are willing to make the moves to ensure they accomplish that goal. Once a team has to have a certain player, then they lose their ability to match value with the pick and lose their flexibility....

. ....and they always have a cluster of five or six players who have been similarly graded, which allows them to move down.

I want to see how they match the value of the pick to the value of the player. They do this better than most, and it is the fundamental principle of any draft.

New England, in essence,  use draft picks as currency ... the Patriots always wheel and deal on draft weekend -- they made eight trades on draft weekend 2009 and seven on the three-day draftathon in 2010

So, if Durst is a Patriots fan, why is he always on Falcoholic?

No, I am not a Patriots fan, but key influences that have also helped shape Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff's philosophy today include Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.


During his five years as the Director of College Scouting in New England (2003-07), he was responsible for overseeing area scouts who evaluate all of the nation's college prospects while scouting and tracking the development and availability of drafted players. The Patriots had a 77–17 overall record in Dimitroff's tenure and they won the Super Bowl in the 2003 (XXXVIII) and 2004 (XXXIX) seasons while making a historic march on a perfect 2007 regular season.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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