The Pats have a higher chance of trading up than they do trading down for more #'s of picks. When teams are mediocre to poor in terms of talent, that is when you want to accumulate a bunch of draft picks to improve your team, in the hopes that you draft well. The Pats traded for future picks (at more value than pre-trade) and traded down in the past, because the roster had non-elite talent at multiple positions. When a team is already Superbowl caliber-level, with great depth pretty much everywhere except at one or two spots, it's less about having picks just to have picks, but to find that top shelf talent that will complete your team. If I were to bet on what Piolichick do, it will be to use their first 3 picks on positions that are either: - A need like an offensive tackle, linebacker, or corner - A need one year from now, like at defensive end, or linebacker. I would not be surprised if they spend #7 on a player like Albert, and plug him in at RT or LT.  After thinking about it some more, another option is, since the roster is so deep already, to maybe trade for a 2009 high pick.