Patriots Trade Down, Grab Four Picks From Vikings

Derek Havens
April 25, 2013 at 11:47pm ET

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In a move that doesn't surprise many around New England, the Patriots made yet another draft day trade with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night.

The Patriots traded their first-round pick, 29 overall, for four Vikings selections; second-round (52), third-round (83), fourth-round (102) and and seventh-round (229) picks from Minnesota.

Overall, this is a great trade for the Patriots. Yes, it does take the wind out of the sails a bit by not selecting in the first-round, however, the value they received in return more than makes up for it. By most expert's opinions, the second and third round of this year's draft were the best place to have selections.

With four picks in the next two rounds, New England can still target several players to upgrade their team. Some names to keep in mind: USC WR Robert Woods, Tennessee WR Justin Hunter, Boise State CB Jamar Taylor, Florida State DE Tank Carradine and many more.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see New England stay active Friday and move around the draft boards - up or down - and potentially even add picks for the 2014 NFL Draft.

A lot of action will take place Friday night from a Patriots standpoint, stay tuned.

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