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Bolts eyeing one of Pats' extra picks

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08:03 AM ET 03.22 | The Patriots may be willing to move the lower of their two first-round picks, and the Chargers have heard the chatter. Given Bill Belichick's propensity for draft dealings, this might hardly qualify as news. But this could be significant in regards to the Chargers because they have the ammunition to make moves, a history of partnering with Belichick and perhaps the desire to get another pick in the first round. The Chargers have amassed five picks among the first 89 spots, second only to the Patriots' six in the top 92. General manager A.J. Smith has been looking forward to this draft for a year, and he has often mentioned the flexibility having all those picks gives him.

San Diego Union Tribune

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March 22, 2011  08:05 AM ET

The Pats are always looking to move picks, so this is not new.

March 22, 2011  08:10 AM ET

If there's a rookie cap on salaries in the new CBA, 1st round picks will be much more valuable than ever before. I would think Belichick would want to keep both.

March 22, 2011  08:11 AM ET

When did Andy Griffith become GM of the Chargers?

March 22, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When did Andy Griffith become GM of the Chargers?

I thought Matlock was in Atlanta.

March 22, 2011  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I thought Matlock was in Atlanta.

Apparently he likes sunny California.

March 22, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If there's a rookie cap on salaries in the new CBA, 1st round picks will be much more valuable than ever before. I would think Belichick would want to keep both.

Absolutely! Unless he can fleece someone.

March 22, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Word, they're looking to deal that #28 overall pick... Could get a nice RB around in there.

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March 22, 2011  08:32 AM ET

The Pats might make better use of their picks if they had the option to trade for players, not just different picks. This lockout probably hurts the Pats and other teams with a lot of picks this year, because they lose the flexibility of trading for players on draft day. On the other hand, teams that are short on picks but need players have no options at all.

March 22, 2011  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I thought Matlock was in Atlanta.

Forget Los Angeles. The Chargers are moving to Mayberry.

March 22, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Anyone for fresh hot spam?

March 22, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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Anyone for fresh hot spam?

I'd trade down for some.

March 22, 2011  08:54 AM ET

I'm sure they trade at least one of their first 4 picks to get something invested in the 2012 draft

March 22, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Extra pick??? No such thing.

March 22, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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I'm sure they trade at least one of their first 4 picks to get something invested in the 2012 draft

If they were going to do that, they'd get better value trading with Cincy, Cleveland, Buffalo and so on. SD is likely to end up second in the AFC West. Figure out who will be the Carolina Panthers of 2011 and you could end up with the number 1 pick. And if there's a rookie salary cap, the value goes up even more.

March 22, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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If they were going to do that, they'd get better value trading with Cincy, Cleveland, Buffalo and so on. SD is likely to end up second in the AFC West. Figure out who will be the Carolina Panthers of 2011 and you could end up with the number 1 pick. And if there's a rookie salary cap, the value goes up even more.

The Panthers will still be the Panthers.

March 22, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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If they were going to do that, they'd get better value trading with Cincy, Cleveland, Buffalo and so on. SD is likely to end up second in the AFC West. Figure out who will be the Carolina Panthers of 2011 and you could end up with the number 1 pick. And if there's a rookie salary cap, the value goes up even more.

I had such high hopes for this year's pick since we traded Richard Seymour.....stupid Raiders actually started winning

March 22, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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The Panthers will still be the Panthers.

That's certainly not out of the question, but there's so much competition for the honor.

March 22, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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That's certainly not out of the question, but there's so much competition for the honor.

They have as good a chance of anyone of being a repeat selector at the no. 1 slot in the 2012 draft. By Thanksgiving they will be on the clock.

 
March 22, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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They have as good a chance of anyone of being a repeat selector at the no. 1 slot in the 2012 draft. By Thanksgiving they will be on the clock.

If there's a lockout and the owners go with replacement players, then the first few games are a total crapshoot. If Carolina manages to sign Shane Falco, they could open up the season 3-0 and totally blow their chances for the #1 pick in 2012.

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