The New England Patriots enter the 2021 NFL Draft with the No.15 overall. However, there are several options for the team. Head coach Bill Belichick has another draft scenario, and NFL experts approve it.
The Patriots head coach is willing to trade up, stay put or move back in the 2021 NFL Draft. In other words, he can do whatever pops in his mind. Belichick will do the right thing for his team. Trading up or out is always an option. The brilliant coach talked about this during a video conference call with the media.
What’s the first reason Belichick has to trade up for a draft pick?
“I would say normally something will happen and there could very well be a player there that either you don’t expect to be there or maybe he is a couple spots, maybe at 12, 13 he’s still on the board and you really thought he’d be gone in the first six, seven picks,” Belichick said. “And then the question comes, do you try to move up and get that player that’s fallen a little bit?”
Bill Belichick has another trade scenario
The Patriots head coach also explained what it would take for New England to trade back in the draft. Well, “it takes two to tango.” Another NFL team has to be willing to go up and make this deal work.
“Those are the scenarios you go through,” Belichick said. “Which players would you move up for to get? Which players would you not move up for that you would wait and decide if you wanted to pick there at the spot that you’re at? And what players — if certain players weren’t there and you felt like, ‘well, the value of that pick might be the same whether you’re at 15 or at a lower position — it’s the same thing in every round, but you’re talking about the first round. If you feel like you can get the same player, the same quality of player or maybe the player that you like for whatever reason you think would be available at 20, then maybe you trade back to 20 and take him there and take that value at 20 rather than taking it at 15.”
Belichick follows every move in the draft and gets the players he can get to fill up his roster. It all depends on players’ availability and the needs his team has at the moment. If the group cannot meet his expectations, Belichick will consider moving back.
Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance will find a home in the first round of the draft. Receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith are also here. NFL teams will also try to get tight end Kyle Pitts and offensive tackle Penei Sewell.