Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Bill Belichick isn’t waiting for the NFL Draft to start to begin dealing picks. The Patriots swung a trade with the Houston Texans on Monday, adding to their draft assets.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots sent one of their two fifth-round picks to the Texans in exchange for a sixth-rounder and seventh-rounder. It’s not yet clear which of the Patriots’ fifths they sent to Houston (they own the 158th and 170th overall picks), or which of Houston’s three sixths is heading back to New England (it could be the 183rd, 205th, or 207th overall picks).
UPDATE: The Patriots traded the 170th pick for 183 and 245. That’s a even eight point swap on the NFL trade chart.
It’s not surprising to see the Patriots move out of the fifth round. Since 2012, they’ve made just sixth fifth-round picks, while trading away 18 fifth-round picks in that same time span.
With this deal, the Patriots now have nine picks in this year’s draft. They’ve selected at least eight players in each of the last four years, and have averaged 8.6 picks per draft over the last 10 years.
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