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Pick-heavy Pats ship third-rounder to Fins for 2004 choice

Posted: Friday April 25, 2003 4:44 PM
Updated: Friday April 25, 2003 4:55 PM

By Don Banks,

Flush with 13 picks in this weekend's NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have made a move to parlay some of that wealth into more value in next year's draft.

The Patriots on Friday traded a third-round pick to Miami for the Dolphins' second-round selection in 2004. New England had two third-round picks at the start of the day, but it sent the lower of those two choices (No. 78 overall) to the Dophins, in exchange for Miami's No. 2 next year.

New England still owns the 75th overall pick, giving it four of the draft's first 75 picks: 14th and 19th in the first round, 50th in the second round, and 75th in the third.

Miami now owns nine overall picks, with none in the first round (courtesy of the Ricky Williams trade with New Orleans), one in the second round (49th) and two in third round (78th and 87th).

The Patriots are likely not done dealing. New England's philosophy is to see how much value in trade it can get for several of its 2003 selections, and then use the remaining picks to fill its needs. The Patriots have discussed packaging their two first-rounders to move up into the draft's top 10, but one possibility for such a move was taken off the board when the Jets swung a deal with No. 4 Chicago on Friday.

New England and the Bears had earlier this week talked about swapping places. The Patriots might still deal with No. 5 Dallas, No. 7 Minnesota or No. 10 Baltimore.

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