The NFL trade rumors suggests the New England Patriots is considering to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to Cleveland Browns for No. 1 overall pick and cornerback Malcolm Butler to New Orleans Saints in the 2017 NFL Draft. If New England Patriots’ asking price for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is quite pricey, then Cleveland Browns would pursue the Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. McCarron.
Traditionally, as a defending champion in the recently held Super Bowl 51, the winning professional American football franchise which happen to be the New England Patriots will enter the week without selecting a prospect player in the first- or second-round pick of 2017 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots’ long-time head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t get to welcome new member until the third-round. With all that being said, the thrill and excitement momentum has been somewhat flatten.
The reality of the reigning Super Bowl champions’ position, however, isn’t a borehole at all. It’s full of surprising possibilities. The Patriots are the wild card in this week’s draft process.
Meaning the moments leading up to the first-round draft selection process on Thursday night will be anything but monotonous for the 1-year Patriots head coach. Sure, Bill Belichick could still end up showing the 2017 NFL Draft in the third-rounder at No. 72 overall pick, but don’t doubt that the coach will have chances. The quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans will be making a lot of last trench moves to try and trade for the versatile Jimmy Garoppolo.
Insane things would usually take place right before franchises make their selections the first night of the big event. It’s the nature of the draft process.
With the New England Patriots holding several key talents, namely quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and cornerback Malcolm Butler — who would likely bring high draft selections in exchange should the aforementioned organization trade him now that he’s signed his tender — it could spark some lightnings in the lead-up to the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Like in the previous drafts, Patriots very own Belichick is once again in the steering wheel. No one outside the Patriots front office knows what the team are going to do and that’s how the head coach loves it.
With offseason acquisitions almost completed, Bill Belichick doesn’t even need to place a pick and his squad would still be the favorite to win the back-to-back Super Bowl champions.
Belichick acquired cornerback Stephon Gilmore, wide receiver Brandin Cooks, tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Kony Ealy. The camp also re-signed linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive tackle Alan Branch and safety Duron Harmon contracts.
Trading either Jimmy Garoppolo or Malcolm Butler would not only get the Patriots back into the early rounds of the draft, but also leave the team with a few unanswered roster questions depending on what reveals.
Moving Garoppolo, a long shot that would definitely require an enticing offer, meaning the New England won’t have a ready-for-prime time answer available should the vereran star quarterback Tom Brady go down to a serious injury for any length of time. The Patriots probably will have to land another quarterback to fall in backup quarterback queu after Jacoby Brissett, who is entering his second year in the National Football League.
Meanwhile, then Patriots probably would have a need at cornerback should they traded Butler. But now that the cornerback signed the tender, it’s also possible he might stay for the full season. Maybe it’s wise to select a cornerback given that this year’s draft is such a cornerback-rich class. The New England Patriots could also move for a well-established cornerback such as Richard Sherman, or sign a free agent like Jason McCourty.
There are a huge number of possibilities and options that Patriots could be tempted to play the risk. That’s the beauty of the annual draft process.