Patriots Trade Down Twice, Acquire Two Fourth-Round Picks, 2019 Second

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson before the Tax Slayer Bowl against Mississippi

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson before the Tax Slayer Bowl against Mississippi State on Dec. 30 2017

Michel is the first running back and skill player taken in the first round since Laurence Maroney was chosen 21st overall in 2006.

It was an eye-opening pick simply because the Patriots didn't necessarily need to add any backs given the fact they already have Mike Gillislee, James White, Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead. They selected Dawson, whose versatility, competitiveness and sure tackling appealed to them. 105 and 117 this year, plus a second-rounder next year.

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio smiled on Friday night when asked, in a lighthearted touch, if the Patriots were intentionally making it hard for reporters to easily analyze the return for Garoppolo. That's not our job. Michel is a big-play waiting to happen.

The New England Patriots traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move up and into the 56th-overall selection to draft Florida Gators cornerback Duke Dawson.

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"Are there some quarterbacks left in the draft?"

When their time came for their first pick of the second round, 43rd overall, the Pats traded down with the Detroit Lions. Michel teamed with Nick Chubb to form one of the most potent backfields in college football. However, Wynn's arm length - which was last measured at 33.325 inches - is considered long for his frame but short for a left tackle. At pick 31, they opted for a running back - a running back! - over a five-year commitment from the potential successor to Tom Brady.

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Smith's selection Thursday night drew the most attention, since he went so early. He's just happy to be selected, saying, "That's just the way of the draft". He will not be able to play (quarterback) in this league - mark my words.

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He'll get no argument for those of us who watched him the last four years.

So why didn't they grab him? But that wasn't good enough for Michel.

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