FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots traded the 28th overall pick in the draft to the New Orleans Saints, and received good value in return -- a 2011 second-rounder (56th overall) and a 2012 first-round pick.
The Saints turned around and selected running back Mark Ingram.
If Ingram becomes a star, perhaps the Patriots will look back and regret this 2-for-1 move, which has been an annual part of their draft-day dealings -- moving down in the current year to pick up a prime selection the following year. How the Patriots address the running back spot later in this draft will also be part of the analysis -- and they believe it's a deep position.
Meanwhile, this sets up a big second round for the Patriots in which they figure to address the defense -- with the first pick of the round (33), followed by 56 and 60. There are several good defensive players on the board, although two who fit the team's profile -- Muhammad Wilkerson (30, Jets) and Cameron Heyward (31, Steelers) -- are now off the board. The Patriots also have two third-round picks (74 and 92).
At this point, with the void on defense left unfilled, it's an incomplete picture.
Friday, it should come into sharper focus.