Patriots draft Duke Dawson, stockpile picks on Day 2

Pro Football Talk Line

It was certainly a busy second day of the 2018 NFL Draft for Bill Belichick and Co. The Patriots swung four deals, selected one player, and acquired Day 3 picks, 2019 selections, and current talent to boot.

The only player the Patriots actually drafted was Florida corner Duke Dawson. While his testing measurements weren't off-the-charts, he projects as an effective slot man in the NFL for his quickness, scrappiness, and willingness to contest receivers and blockers at the point of attack (his similar traits and playing style have earned him a few Malcolm Butler comps). Reaction to the pick was generally positive, with Sports Illustrated giving it a B- snap grade and CBS Sports assigning a B.

More important, however, are the picks the Pats opted not to use. They traded away the 95th pick as compensation for Trent Brown and the 143rd from the 49ers, while they moved down twice (from 43 to 51 and 51 out) and picked back up a pair of fourth-rounders and an additional second-rounder for 2019. While Belichick sacrificed a fourth-rounder to move up and select Dawson, he still came away with a pretty good haul.

Heading into Day 3, the Patriots still currently have Picks Nos. 105, 143, 198, 210, and 219 to work with. It will be interesting to see what direction the team goes the third time around.

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