That is exactly what they did, though, and the experts who have weighed in on the picks are giving out high grades for Belichick’s decisions.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports gave the Pats an A+ for moving up and drafting Chandler Jones at No. 21.
“The Syracuse star was considered a bit of a late first-round sleeper, just the kind of player Belichick turns into a star in New England,” Prisco wrote, though he gave a “C” grade for the pick of Dont’a Hightower.
ESPN’s John Clayton listed the Patriots as one of his three winners of the first round.
“Bill Belichick made two wise trades, and finally got a pass-rusher (Chandler Jones from Syracuse) and a quality inside linebacker (Dont’a Hightower of Alabama),” Clayton wrote. “Those were significant and telling moves "
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