New England's trade falls in line with its history of first-round action. In giving up a choice in the back-end of the first round, New England is accumulating more draft capital as it aims to build a contender with a new starter under center.
Though the Patriots selected receiver N'Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick in 2019, New England has been one of the more active clubs on the first-round trade front in the last 20 years. Since 2000, the Patriots have traded their first-round pick five times (2000, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2020). The first trade was a momentous one, in which the Patriots sent the Jets their first-round selection as compensation for hiring Belichick one day after he resigned from the Jets.