Bill Belichick explains why Patriots traded draft picks with Texans

Bill Belichick explains Patriots’ pre-draft trade with Texans originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The New England Patriots made a minor move on Monday as they prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft.

They sent a fifth-round pick (No. 170 overall) to the Houston Texans in exchange for a sixth-rounder (No. 183) and a seventh (No. 245). Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who jokingly called the trade a “blockbuster,” explained the thinking that went behind the deal in a 1-on-1 with Scott Zolak.

“It gives us kind of a two-for-one situation there,” Belichick said, via “We felt like it was really about positioning. The trade was numerically equal.”

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The Patriots now enter draft weekend with nine total selections. Barring any other trades, this is what their collection of picks looks like:

Round 1: No. 21

Round 2: No. 54

Round 3: No. 85

Round 4: No. 127

Round 5: No. 158

Round 6: No. 183, 200, 210

Round 7: No. 245

With one night left to look over this year’s draft class, Belichick and the Patriots hope they’ve done enough studying to ace the test.

“This is like the proverbial final exam,” Belichick told Zolak. “We’ll see what the questions are, and hopefully we’re prepared to answer them.”

The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday at 8 pm ET.

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