A week from Thursday, the NFL draft will start, and Patriots fans will split into two camps.
The hardened realists will expect the Patriots to make a selection with one of their two first-round picks - 27th overall from the Saints, and their own at No. 31 - and trade the other for future picks.
It’s hard to blame them. Bill Belichick has elected to trade down in the first round in each of the past five drafts, including twice in 2009 and ’10.
Then there are the dreamers. Despite recent history, they will snuggle onto their couches, wearing their blue Tom Brady jerseys, and hope this is the year Belichick makes a dramatic leap up the board to take an impact player.
Belichick, who moved up one spot to draft Ty Warren in 2003, hasn’t made that kind of bold move since ’02. The Patriots sent two additional picks to the Redskins to move 11 spots from 32d to 21st to select tight end Daniel Graham.
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