So the Pats are on the clock at #24 or #28, aren't thrilled with their options, and are entertaining trade offers. Who is likely to be on the board at that point who would trigger a deal? The player should be: - Significantly more valuable to another team than to the Patriots - A significant step above the next couple of players at the position The first name that leaps to mind is TE Greg Olsen if he's there. It's a weak year for TE's, and if you have a hole at the position he's your man. For extra incentive at #24, the Jets could easily take him with the next pick. (Top trading partner prospects: Carolina, Green Bay, Cincinnati, Miami) Next up, QB. If you rate a guy like Stanton or Edwards as a strong third to Russell and Quinn, you have to be nervous heading into the top of the second round. As many as 6 of the first 10 teams could use a QB, and only 2 of them will have filled the need with their first pick. What's more, that cheap 5th year on the rookie contract looks especially attractive on a QB, making #28 a reasonable spot to "reach" for a playcaller. (Minnesota, Detroit, Jacksonville, Miami) And how about LT? If you're sore at missing Joe Thomas, you'd have to be awfully tempted if Joe Staley is still around late in the first. The Pats can legitimately threaten to take him themselves unless an offer looks sweet. (Arizona, Houston, Oakland, Baltimore and, as usual, Miami) Finally DT. There are just too many teams in dire need of a tackle, and too few premium players. A guy like Justin Harrell could be the beneficiary. (Washington, San Francisco, Kansas City, Denver, NY Giants, Green Bay, Dallas, Houston. Whew!) Thoughts?