NFL Draft 2011: Breaking Down the Two-Pick First Round Trends

April 8, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A lot can be learned about what to expect in the NFL draft from studying years past.
One particular element of the history that could prove interesting this year is what teams do when they enter the draft with two first round picks. Since 2001, a team has entered draft weekend with two first round picks on 21 occasions.
This year will make 22 as the New England Patriots hold both the 17th and 28th picks in the draft.
This will also mark the third time in the last decade that the Patriots have come into the draft with two first rounder (a fourth time was ruined when they had to forfeit their pick as a result of Spygate).
For a team known for wheeling and dealing on draft day, the Patriots history with two first round picks is rather predictable: They like to trade them.
In 2003, they traded one of their first round picks to Arizona for an extra pick on draft day and a 2004 first rounder. In 2007, the Patriots traded one of their first rounders to the 4...

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