The New England Patriots decided to trade out of the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Patriots gave the Chargers the 23rd pick in exchange for a second and third round pick.
New England is trading its pick to the Chargers, who gave up second- and third-round picks to move up, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2020
The Chargers took that pick and selected Oklahoma’s linebacker Kenneth Murray. He proved to be a physical linebacker who can play three downs. Murray can match up with running backs and tight ends with his coverage skills and speed. He’s an athletic linebacker who can instantly make an impact on the Chargers defense. They paid a big price to land the linebacker, but Murray should start right away.
The Patriots decided to move out of the first round which shouldn’t be a surprise. This is the DNA of New England to always trade down. The team needs a quarterback and all the top quarterbacks have been picked. Jordan Love could have been their pick if they decided to grab him. They must not be in love with him to pick him. New England now has five picks in day two of the draft.
Los Angeles now has two players who they can build around for the future of the franchise. Quarterback Justin Herbert and Murray are good center pieces on both sides of the ball. They paid a big price getting two first round picks, but they got good players in the process.
Now the Patriots must focus on the second and third round pick to find players who can add depth. Look for the team to add a quarterback to compete for the starting job. If Love is still available in the second round, the Patriots could go after him. Receiver could be another position of need for New England.