The Patriots are currently without a 1st or 2nd round pick in this years NFL Draft. This leaves the Patriots having only drafted ONE player out of the top 128 (1st and 2nd rounds) in the 2016 and 2017 Drafts if they hold put. This player was defensive back Cyrus Jones out of Alabama, who didn’t pan out as a rookie but has great potential going forward. The question is, should the Patriots shop Jimmy Garoppolo or even cornerback Malcom Butler in order to get a high round pick in this years draft?
The answer at this time appears to be no. The Patriots have made it evident that it would take multiple first round picks for them to even consider trading their promising backup quarterback on Draft Night. That being said, Tom Brady is clearly the guy for the foreseeable future, and when Garoppolo’s contract expires at the end of the 2017-2018 season he could opt to go to a place where he will start the following year. By this logic, it wouldn’t be crazy for the Patriots to trade away a backup quarterback who will in a perfect world not play next season and who could very likely walk after the year in order to get a top round talent. The Patriots evidently want to keep Garoppolo long term even as a backup for the time being until Tom Brady does end up hanging up the cleats.
Malcom Butler on the other hand, could be dealt for a first rounder as well. He has signed his tender for the year to come, but he can still holdout until after week 7, and if that were to happen he would almost certainly not be with the Patriots the following year. Knowing this, the Patriots could try to deal Butler off tonight to get a high round pick, due to the fact that they may not be keeping him after this year anyway. Many interesting topics lie on the table as we approach Draft Night 2017.