The New England Patriots traded out of the first round on Day 1, a familiar move for Bill Belichick. In exchange for the No. 23 overall pick, the Patriots received the No. 37 and No. 71 picks from the Los Angeles Chargers.
With Tom Brady's stunning departure, the 2020 NFL Draft is the Patriots' most important in years. At FanDuel Sportsbook, the odds are slightly in favor of New England selecting a defensive lineman with their pick at +300. That's closely followed by a safety at +400 and and linebacker at +450.
When it comes to the offensive side of the ball, an offensive lineman or wide receiver as the Patriots' next pick sits at +500, while a quarterback is at +650, and a tight end, a true position of need, is priced at +550.
The Patriots were a defensive powerhouse last year, but the oddsmakers are clearly thinking Belichick will reinforce that unit with a pass rusher to go along with a dominant secondary. After the departure of LB Kyle Van Noy and DT Danny Shelton, the odds favor the Patriots to take a defensive player. Those odds currently sit at -126, an implied probability of 55.75%.
While the Patriots trading down was not a surprise, they have plenty of solid options at the top of Round 2. Top pass rush prospects like A.J. Espenesa or Yeter Gross-Matos are still in the board.
The Patriots will also have four other picks on Day 2 at No. 71, No. 87, No. 98, and No. 100, giving them plenty of chances to add depth to the roster.
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