FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots traded their final selection of the second round (60th overall) to the Houston Texans for a third-rounder (73rd) and fifth-rounder (138).
When looking at a trade value chart, which some use to establish a value to picks, the Patriots came up a bit short here. The value of the 60th pick is 300 points, while the combined value of the two picks they acquire is 262 points.
Given that the Patriots wouldn't seem to be interested in making more picks in this draft, this one doesn't add up. It adds a pick and doesn't match up in points value.
One factor could be economics, and the Patriots not feeling a prospect at 60 is worth that salary slot.
Another factor could be the Patriots re-distributing assets with the hope of pushing them into future years later in the draft (e.g. the hope of trading a 2011 third-round pick for a 2012 second-rounder).
UPDATE: This trade now becomes a bit more clear. The Patriots later dealt 2011 third-round and fourth-round picks to the Raiders for a 2012 second-round pick. That explains why they were willing to take less value in the trade with the Texans to earn an additional pick.