Bill Belichick just loves himself some risk in the second round.
This time, he even doubled down by trading two fourth-round picks on Friday night to move up eight spots from 46 to 38 in order to continue the Alabama pipeline by drafting defensive tackle Christian Barmore.
Belichick also continued the theme of Day 2 later when he tabbed Oklahoma edge/linebacker Ronnie Perkins — he missed six games last season due a drug suspension — in the third round with the Tom Brady compensatory pick.
As we all know, Belichick has had mixed results with risk in the second round. Some of it — and we're talking risky picks, not all second-round picks — has, obviously, paid off ... big-time in some cases with some of the team's greatest draft moves:
But there have been just as many, or more, that did not work out well for the Patriots:
Cyrus Jones (Alabama)
Ras-I Dowling (33rd)
Where will Barmore fall? What about his third-round running mate, Perkins? Only time will tell, obviously.
Just going off their film, there's a lot to like about both players. It's easy to see why the Patriots made the small leap of faith on Barmore, who finished 12th on ProFootballFocus's final draft board. And while Perkins, who was ranked 43rd, doesn't fit the Patriots' physical profile for edge players — where he played at Oklahoma — he does play like a Patriot, and there's a pretty close physical comp to a current Patriot.
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But there's a flip side with Barmore that will need to be dealt with for the Belichick bet to pay off. I know of at least one team that took Barmore off their draft board. Another had a late second-round grade on him. Both were teams that play similar schemes to the Patriots, and had an interest in interior defensive players.
Even Belichick talked about how rare it was for a player of Barmore's talent to be at that spot.
"It's pretty unusual to get the first defensive tackle to be drafted at that point and the first interior defensive lineman to be drafted at that point in the draft, so we traded up," Belichick said. "Felt good about acquiring that and look forward to working with Christian."
Barmore being there for the Patriots was not a happy accident.
In a defensive tackle draft that was largely panned and included just a few top prospects, why did Barmore slip from the first round into the second? What's the red flag?