Patriots trade up twice, choose defense in NFL Draft
The New England Patriots defied tradition Thursday night when they traded up twice in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Patriots, who have made a habit in recent years of trading their high draft picks for multiple picks in lower rounds, traded up twice to select Syracuse defense end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
The team entered the draft with the 27th pick and the 31st pick, but it traded those, along with accompanying third- and fourth-round selections, for the 21st and 25th picks, respectively.
They held on to two second round picks, the 48th and 62nd overall, in Friday night’s rounds.
“As the players came off the board, we were able to execute a couple trades there and still hang onto our two second round picks,” coach Bill Belichick said, according to the Associated Press. “I thought if we moved up I wasn’t sure that we would be able to do that, but it worked out that way.”
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