The New England Patriots have been busy as of late.
It started when they traded outside linebacker Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a second round pick and guard Jonathan Cooper. This looks to be a good deal for both sides: Arizona desperately needed a pass rusher, but he, along with a plethora of other Pats players, is entering the last year of his contract. The Patriots might not have been able to retain Jones beyond this season, so they got value out of him while they could. Additionally, Cooper, the seventh overall pick in 2013, was one of top players coming out of college a few years ago. He has underperformed thus far, but the Patriots are obviously interested in his potential. The Pats subsequently signed former St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long.
One day later, the Patriots signed running back Donald Brown, traded for tight end Martellus Bennett, and signed linebacker Shea McClellin. Brown joins a crowded backfield and should compete for playing time. Bennett and tight end Rob Gronkowski form a very dangerous duo, and McClellin has shown flashes of potential at times.
Cooper, Long, Brown, Bennett, and McClellin all were selected either in the first or second round of their respective drafts. If the Patriots can get the most out of these players, they will be absolutely stacked across the board. And despite not having a first round pick because of Deflategate, the Patriots have 11 draft picks. Things are looking good in New England.