NFL draft expert Tony Pauline on Not Sunday podcast explains why Patriots may trade out of first round


Even though the Patriots don't pick until the last selection in the first round, there's still plenty of intrigue with them heading into Thursday's draft.

With six selections in the top 101, there's the possibility of trading up, but based on the rest of the draft, maybe it's more likely they trade down. 

Appearing on the Not Sunday podcast with Ryan Hannable, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline explained why.

“Based on their history, I think they would rather trade down to get some extra selections and then take a tight end, or even a defensive lineman in Round 2," he said. "It is a good year in the sense that there are a lot of depth at the positions that they need. They probably want to come out of the draft with a couple of players at each position. I would think based on their history, and based on their success in doing so, if you’re looking at smart money, [Bill Belichick] trades down and gets extra choices.”

Some have speculated the Patriots could trade up for a tight end, but Pauline said they can do just fine selecting one on Day 2.

“I don’t see that," he said. "That is not what Belichick  does. He’s been a master at working the draft and with the depth at that position, he may be better off trading back in Round 1 and into the second and getting a highly-rated tight end who may be there in Dawson Knox or Jace Sternberger in the middle of Round 2.”

Pauline and Hannable touched on other positions of need, as well as the pre-draft process and how it's hard to figure Belichick and the team out. Listen below.