Every Saturday in the offseason, one question from Twitter will be selected to expound upon based on a hot topic surrounding the New England Patriots:
@MikeReiss can you reset Pats draft picks? So much action. Hard to keep it straight.
— Adam Scott (@AdamBScotty) March 11, 2017
Adam, after three trades this week that involved draft picks, the Patriots went from having eight overall selections to seven if there are no surprises on two yet-to-be-announced deals (defensive end Kony Ealy and wide receiver Brandin Cooks). Here is the round-by-round rundown:
3a. (72nd, from Carolina)
4. (118th, from New Orleans)
6. (200th, from Indianapolis)
One question is if that fourth-round pick from the Saints could still be in jeopardy of being forfeited as part of Deflategate penalties that called for the team to be stripped of its top fourth-round pick. In that case, the Patriots would have the 132nd selection, from Seattle, restored. Once the trades are officially announced, that should become clearer.
Regardless, New England currently without picks in the top two rounds of the draft. That could change if the Patriots and Saints revisit trade talks on cornerback Malcolm Butler, which would likely restore the team's first-round pick (No. 32), traded in the Cooks deal.
While a trade of Jimmy Garoppolo would also restore early-round picks, that isn't going to happen, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has reported.