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The Patriots now have six first-rounders ... from other teams

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The Patriots’ one-year agreement with Coleman on Tuesday highlights this trend, as the club now has six players who were first-round picks by other teams on their roster: defensive end Adrian Clayborn, receiver Phillip Dorsett, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and Coleman.

Of the group, Dorsett, Patterson and Shelton fall into the "re-energize their career" category, as they were traded to New England after not being viewed as worthy of the status in which they entered the league.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

All are off to productive starts in 2018, as the Patriots have offered them a clean slate to see if some of the high-end physical traits that made them first-round picks can be harnessed in their specific offensive and defensive systems. That’s essentially the concept when the team brings in a former first-rounder: Focus on the unique things that made them such a high pick in the first place, understand why it didn't work out with their former team (e.g. scheme fit, culture fit, salary considerations etc.), and then proceed with mostly limited expectations.3

One could go back to several of Bill Belichick’s 19 years as Patriots head coach to find notable examples of this.

Trading for receiver Randy Moss in 2007 is easily the headliner of hitting the bonanza. Moss' freakish athletic traits made him the 21st overall pick in the 1998 draft, his time with the Oakland Raiders was spiraling downward in '07, and the Patriots swooped in.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

That, obviously, is more of the exception. There simply aren't many Randy Moss-caliber players to ever play in the NFL.

But just as that was a stroke of genius, there are other times that the hopes of reviving a former first-rounder's career hasn't unfolded so favorably. For example, when the team traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, it received guard Jonathan Cooper as one part of the deal's return. The No. 7 overall pick in 2013, Cooper -- who had been one of the team's highest-graded players when he came out of North Carolina -- never panned out in New England.

That was similar to a 2006 trade to acquire defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for receiver Bethel Johnson. In 2003, Sullivan had been the No. 6 overall pick, and the thinking was that maybe he’d be a better fit in New England’s two-gapping scheme, but it didn’t work out.

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