Refusing to deal with any given agent is just shooting yourself in the foot, and IMO unacceptable if true. So you'd rather take inferior talent rather then deal with a pain in the ass in the negotiating room? Whatever, as a Jets fan I won't complain, but you're priorities are in the wrong place as an organization then.Watt, Aldon Smith and Castonzo are all represented by Tom Condon, whom the Patriots refuse to deal with. So, for better or worse, those three may well have been off the Patriots' board entirely, which alone would eliminate some of your possible scenarios. FWIW, I think they actually much preferred Solder to Castonzo anyway and that Watt would have otherwise been a terrible fit for the Pats. Smith would have been better as an OLB candidate, but he went awfully high.
But whatever, I'm not going to kill you for not trading up for someone like Watt. Trades are complicated, you don't really know if there was opportunity to move up at a fair rate. It'd be one thing if you passed on him, but you never really had the chance to.
My issue with the Pats draft is mainly philosophy though, a team on the brink of the Super Bowl should be more aggressive in the draft then they are....they're constantly content to trade back every year, pick up extra picks for next year, and leave several gaping holes on their roster in the process. At some point, you have to say, we've got a damn good team that could win a Super Bowl if we address "X, Y, and/or Z" and go for it. Get the damn pass rusher already, even if it's not the best "Value" pick. Yeah, ideally the need and the value would match up perfectly, but that's not always the case, and there's nothing wrong with a Super Bowl contender going for need on occasion, trying to put themselves over the top. Moving back and getting a 3rd and 4th string runningback and a backup QB in the 2nd-3rd round isn't getting you to win a Superbowl. Maybe a Brooks Reed might, or a Muhammad Wilkerson might. At some point, man up and go for it.