The New England Patriots agreed to trade Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Gronkowski will be reuniting with former teammate and fellow future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, and the Bucs appear to have one of the more skilled offensive units in the NFL.
The Patriots now have a wealth of picks for which to jumpstart their rebuilding efforts heading into what should be described as a transitional season.
How Many Picks do the Patriots Have now?
Before the trade, the Patriots had 12 picks heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. They will maintain that amount since the Bucs sent back a fourth-rounder in exchange for Gronk and the seventh-round selection.
Here is a breakdown of the team’s draft picks after the trade, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss:
The exact selections that are switching hands haven’t been revealed, but Reiss’ preview gives a good idea of what to expect.
How Higher Pick Could Affect the Patriots’ Draft Strategy?
The first thing that should come to mind when assessing how the Patriots can get the most of their newly acquired fourth-round pick is a potential trade-up scenario. Equipped with another fourth-round pick, the Patriots are now in a position to potentially package one of its selections in that round to move up in the first, or into the second.
Currently, the Patriots do not have a second-round selection, yet there are a number of players the team may value who are projected to be drafted in that range.
Obviously, the fourth-round pick would carry more value in a potential trade.
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Who Won the Gronkowski Trade?
- I’ve read and heard so many fans saying the Patriots didn’t get much in return for the trade, and quite frankly, it’s a ridiculous statement and concept.
- The Patriots had zero leverage in this deal and still managed to upgrade a seventh-round selection to a fourth-round pick.
Gronk didn’t want to play for the Patriots anymore, and he’d made it clear he would only play for the Bucs because he wanted to reunite with Brady.
There were no other trade partners, thus there weren’t any other options. Had the Patriots refused to trade him or tried to hold out for more in return from the Bucs, either Tampa Bay or Gronk could have bowed out, and the Patriots wouldn’t have been in any better position.
The Patriots essentially traded the rights to a player who was never going to suit up for them again and a seventh-round pick that might not have made the team, and converted it into a fourth-rounder, who depending on the position he plays, could make a major impact in 2020.
I’m not sure how the organization could have made more out of the situation.
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