You want impact, you got it!
The New England Patriots finally made some draft day moves UP the draft board tonight, making two bold moves for impact defensive players. You could almost hear the collective yell for joy from the fans in New England as the folks down on Route One eschewed the traditional trade-down-for-value mode that has frustrated the Foxboro Faithful for much of the tenure of Bill Belichick.
The Flying Elvii traded the #27 pick and a third-round pick ( #93 overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 21st pick, selecting Syracuse DE/OLB Chandler Jones. Jones is considered by some to be a pass rusher in the mold of a Willie McGinest, a guy they haven't really replaced. Some mock drafts have him ranked very high in the first round, and others have him as a possible third rounder. Big, huge upside. He's comes out as a junior, at 6'6" and 266 lbs.
The Patriots then moved up again and trade up to #25 from #31, giving up the 4th rounder, at #126 to Denver to select Dont'a Hightower. Hightower comes to Foxboro at 6'2" and 265 llbs. He's a stud LB out of Alabama, who will likely come out of camp #1 on the depth chart at strong side, ahead of Rob Ninkovitch. Nice pick.
The Pats now have two 2nd round picks, and 16 and 30 of the second round. That's it. No late rounds, and the third and fourth picks are gone with the above selections. FVP thinks they'll trade down at 16 and acquire at least a fourth, if not a third.
For you fans that bitch about down trades and value, you must be in heaven. The Pats selected two impact players tonight who will likely be cornerstones to the defense going forward. Two premier defensive players who likely can get to the QB. Exciting stuff, but there's no middle or late picks as of now.