JaMarcus Russell signed a deal with 36M in guarantees over 6 years, and total value of 60+ million. Joe Thomas was the 3rd pick and averaged 8M a year, something like that. So suppose the pats are picking 2nd or 3rd and there are NO players who are deemed worth that much. What then? What would the Pats do if they can't trade it? They'd have to draft a player and pay him 2nd most on the team next to Brady. That for an unproven possible bust....sounds kind of iffy to me. So what do they do? Oh, I know "they can always trade it for 2 #1 and a #2, etc". No, they can't necessarily do any such thing. I guess they could just 'pass' and wait until it's about the 10th pick and then pick someone.