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5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the New England Patriots in 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the New England Patriots in 2014 NFL Draft

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft
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The New England Patriots find themselves in familiar territory when it comes to the 2014 NFL Draft. Once again with a pick late in the first round, they’re likely to be left with several good options.

One thing we all know for sure is that we don’t want to see them trade down. It’s not necessarily a bad thing since you get better value for your dollar by picking early in the second-round than by picking late in the first, but with New England’s track record in the draft lately just the idea of trading down scares any Pats fan.

They also have the opportunity to make a move and trade up in the draft. No, seriously, stop laughing. They have the chance; they really do. Sure, it’s not likely, but with only a few glaring needs between where they were this year and competing for a championship this might be the year that Bill Belichick decides to roll the dice and go after a game-changing kind of player.

The Patriots can go in a bunch of different ways in the first-round this year, and one thing we know for sure is that they will do something to surprise us. Whether it’s to trade down, trade up or just stay put and take someone nobody has ever heard of, we can expect them to do the unexpected.

Never a team to do what everyone thinks they will, it’s still at least worth looking at their best available moves in the draft. These are the five potential first-round scenarios I see for the Patriots this year.

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5. Stay Put And Take An Offensive Lineman

Offensive Lineman
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The Patriots need some help on the offensive line and have actually had good luck taking them late in the first-round. No one would be shocked by them staying at No. 29 and taking some offensive lineman we all have to immediately google to find out who he is.

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4. Trade Down And Take A Defensive Back

Trade Down Defensive Back
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This is the one that makes us all cringe, but I have to put it in here because we all know there's a chance it's going to happen. Let's just hope it doesn't.

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3. Take The Best Offensive Weapon That Falls To Them

Best Offensive Weapon
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Okay, now we're starting to get into some good territory. The Patriots need to get Tom Brady a playmaker on offense, and there's a good chance that someone will fall to them at the end of the first-round.

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2. Trade Up For A Game-Changing Receiver

Trade Up Receiver
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Yeah, now we're talking. At this point I just want to see them do this because I need to see an exciting draft as a Patriots fan before I die. They need a prototypical outside receiver and will likely have to make a move to get in the middle of the teens to get one.

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1. Sit Tight And Get A Good Value Defensive Lineman

Defensive Lineman
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But, of course, the most likely option is to stay where they are and take a solid defensive lineman. It's the smartest thing for them to do, so it's probably what they will do. The position is deep this year, and they were thin to say the least on the defensive line by the end of the season. Adding some depth, and maybe even a starter, with their first rounder would be a typically smart Patriots move.