NFL Draft 2012: Patriots Trading At Least One First Round Pick Makes Sense

The New England Patriots hold two first round picks in the 2012 NFL draft -- No. 27 and No. 31. Many people think it's a sure thing that they'll trade at least one of those picks, as Bill Belichick trades more than most team executives. A trade is the prediction SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit, makes.

I believe that the Patriots will either move up or out in the first round. Having two first round picks is a luxury, and I see more depth from 40-60 than I do near the end of the first round. Therefore, I see one of two scenarios. First, I think the team could use one of their first round picks, targeting a front seven player such as Clemson's Andre Branch, then trading out of the other 1st round spot. Or, I could see the team packaging one of the first round picks and moving up to the 15-20 area and getting a player such as Alabama's Courtney Upshaw or LSU's Michael Brockers. Or, you know, Bill Belichick could surprise us all and actually use both first round picks.

Check out SB Nation's StoryStream for more NFL draft news and see who your team picked in our bloggers 2012 NFL mock draft. And check out Mocking The Draft for more on the NFL draft.

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