The Patriots surprised the football world on Thursday night by trading up twice in the first round of the NFL draft. What's less surprising is that Bill Belichick and Co. used those picks to draft two very good players.
In fact, NESN.com Patriots reporter Jeff Howe finds the out-of-character move to draft up by the Patriots "stunning."
Jeff joined Mike Cole on the NESN.com Patriots podcast on Friday to talk about the first round, and once getting over the surprise that came with the trades, he says that the Patriots came away with two terrific defensive prospects in defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
Jeff and Mike talked about what kind of impact the duo could have as early as this year, while also looking ahead to the second round where the Patriots could have a few more tricks up their sleeves.
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