Pats looking to trade up?

On a day like today (have we mentioned it’s draft day?) you’re going to hear about hundreds of trades that will never transpire. Some rumors are generated by agents, some by team personnel and some by the media. Either they’re smoke with no fire or they just don’t transpire. (Didn’t rhyme on purpose.)

For that reason, we won’t relay every rumor we come across. But this one is tough to ignore.

ESPN and the Boston Globe are reporting that the New England Patriots have shown an interest in moving up in the first round of tonight’s draft. The Globe’s Greg Bedard believes the move could be to grab North Carolina edge rusher Robert Quinn, who is expected to be taken in the top 10.

This would be an extremely uncharacteristic move from a team that usually runs from first-round picks, let alone lottery selections. Ultimately, Bill Belichick usually feels that the price tag is too high on players early, and he and his scouts feel they can find less expensive talent in Round 2.

Yes, the Pats have a lot of ammunition this year with six picks in the first three rounds, but Belichick is undoubtedly thinking ahead. And in 2012, New England has only five picks in total. If anything, the Pats would rather that be reversed based on the fact that the work stoppage might make it more difficult to prepare rookies for the 2011 season.

Belichick and the Patriots would be better off trading with desperate teams today and tomorrow to accumulate picks in the 2012 draft.

If they do go against their organizational beliefs and sell the farm for Quinn, then that’s a sign that the team has completely fallen in love with the guy.

Which is a sign that he’s going to be one hell of a player.