Originally Posted by BFfan
My point is that the "stockpiling" of picks is not generated by trading impact draft picks for 50 cents on the dollar. I'm sorry but if trading a mid third round pick for a future second is your idea of "not cashing in" then your argument is very weak (especially in light of the fact that the Patriots have a lot of picks year after year which gives them the luxury of doing precisely what they do).
no, you're simply not getting what i'm saying.
what i'm saying is that instead of continuously trading down in ALL rounds, not just mid-third as you stated above, they have blown a few opportunities to consolidate some of those picks and select "blue chip" prospects which would've probably helped them more than the plethora of mediocre talent they've grabbed in the middle rounds, a lot of which aren't even on the team anymore.
for example: Clay Matthews was available when the Pats* were on the clock in 2009. instead of grabbing a pass-rushing linebacker, which has been a need for NE for a while, they moved down (for the second time) by trading #26 and a fifth-rounder, and got a second-rounder and two thirds, one of which they then traded for a 2010 second.
yeah, they got great value in terms of picks and flexibility, and they used that 2010 second-rounder to grab Gronkowski. but at the end of the day, they probably would've been better served by drafting Clay Matthews.