I was intrigued by this passage in Reiss's mail bag and wish he might have expanded on the logic and implictions of BB's presumed passing on turning 2009 second round draft picks into 2010 first rounders: Ask Reiss: Still a hole to fill - Boston.com I wish he had embellished and explored the thinking there a bit more. Of course as far as #34 was concerned it could well be that they knew Chung was a high value pick there and would be gone soon after. Perhaps they considered trading that for Seattle's 2010 #1 like Denver did but if they felt Chung was first round talent in the 2nd round THIS year, why defer? (1st round talent, now rather than later and lower price) Why they might opt to hold onto BOTH #40 and #41 instead of trading one to San Fran - which gave up its 1st rounder in 2010 for Carolina's 2nd rounder at #43 is intriguing for different reasons. One has to assume that #1 - BB really valued Brace and Butler HIGHER than giving up one of them for a 1st round pick (which at worst would be swapping a draft value pick of 490 for 590 (assuming San Fran won the Super Bowl!)) What may be more intriguing here is that the fact that San Frans draft pick may very well wind up being on the high side - and perhaps BB didn't want to take that "risk" - as we've clearly seen that in this draft he didn't see value at 23 - let alone in the teens or top ten. So since its a reasonable assumption the Patriots had a chance to turn as many as 2 second round picks this year into 1st round picks next year, I just find a lot of food for thought in the reasons WHY Belichick would not take such an offer. In the end my guess is that he both liked the players and the value available at the picks he could have traded - likely looking them as players that would be as good as first round picks next year but at a lower price and available now rather then later - and perhaps he has an outright aversion to taking the risk that those 1st round picks would be HIGHER rather than lower, given the high cost of paying those players (even in an uncapped year).