Latest On Patriots’ Forfeited Fourth-Rounder

Under the terms of their Deflategate punishment, the Patriots are required to forfeit their earliest fourth-round draft choice, leading us at PFR to wonder (Twitter link) if New England would be forced to give up the pick (No. 118) it just acquired as part of the Brandin Cooks trade. A NFL spokesman has confirmed that is indeed the case, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe (Twitter links), meaning the Patriots will now get pick No. 132 (acquired from the Seahawks) back.Bill Belichick (Vertical)

The Patriots, at one point or another, have owned three separate fourth-round picks: their own No. 137 which was dealt to the Colts in the Dwayne Allen trade; the Seahawks’ No. 132 which was acquired in a 2016 draft-day swap; and No. 118, picked up in the Cooks deal. New England will have to sacrifice that No. 118 pick but will be returned No. 132, so the New Orleans trade essentially boils to Cooks and No. 132 in exchange for No. 32 and No. 103.

To account for this bookkeeping change, we’ve altered our Complete 2017 NFL Draft Order page. As it currently stands, the Patriots won’t make a selection until Round 3 (pick no. 72).

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41 comments on “Latest On Patriots’ Forfeited Fourth-Rounder

  1. nickmontgomery10

    I don’t get this? Why do we forfeit our pick? Can some one explain.

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    • Priority75

      Because you are a bunch of cheating scumbags! Hopefully Brady blows his knee out in preseason to end your BS franchise once and for all!

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        • Austin0723

          He didn’t sound that jealous, he was kind of defending Brady in a way

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      • Charles

        Then Garropolo can take over
        And another 20 years of beating every team,especially whichever putrid team you root for!

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        • you are an ignorant tool, thanks for proving it and not leaving anything to the imagination. i mean what kind of idiot wishes career ending injuries on someone.
          that would be you Pal

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      • its a shame your mom didnt keep her knees together one more time.
        just sayin
        dna streams like yours make me think you might be related to ‘cash me ousside girl’

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  2. Well since you say WE, you guys deflated balls, to win a game, got caught, and the penalty is to give up the earliest 4th rd pick..got it?

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    • JR, give me a break. Even the NFL’s kangaroo court didn’t reach those ridiculous heights of presumed guilt.

      Got it?

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      • qbass187

        Well, only 2 dozen independent scientific research firms confirmed that what the NFL claimed the Patriots did wasn’t possible based on the numbers THEY published.
        But why let that get in the way of acting like a typical meathead football fan.

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        • Charles

          jR is probably a member in good standing with the mindless democrapic party! They believe any story,except the truth.

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        • thank you, exactly. idiot losers like him are delusional,sad because they are losers in real life as well as in sports and have iq’s that border on medical terms such as “special’ and “learning challenged’

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    • Mack83
      Mack83

      Do you think you could provide some proof? I’m still waiting on proof.

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    • BravesBoi

      Dwayne Allen, a new patriot, who was with the Colts when we “more probably than not” deflated those balls said we would have beaten them no matter what we played with. And it has been proven that only one of the 12 balls was deflated below league standards. Not all 12 of them like you simpletons (JR) would believe

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    • I mean there’s no proof at all that deflating the footballs made it easier for the Patriots/harder for the Colts to win. At best, it makes it easier for the QB to throw the ball. Still doesn’t affect the ability to catch said ball.

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    • dombrowski

      Roger licker is an outstanding term to describe these clowns. Well played.

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      • Poundsy24

        Dude you’re literally wishing harm onto someone else over a game bro… have some perspective.

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        • lucienbel
          lucienbel

          Couldn’t agree more. Injuries in the NFL effect a lot more than just the game. They often effect the players entire life afterwards as well. Would never wish harm like that upon anyone.

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  3. Let’s make ourselves feel good by pretending something bad is going to happen to Tom Brady.

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  4. Seems like the Patriots have a strong incentive to trade down in the 4th round.

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    • yeah I mean why not… you would think right or wrong the punishment was given so how can they change it now.

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    • PapNZay

      Brilliant strategy. Trade out of it and pick one or two up.

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  5. natesp4

    What would’ve happened if the Pats just traded all of their 4th rounders away?

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  6. madmanTX

    Goodell went easy on New England again just like after Spygate. Should have moved the whole franchise to Mexico City, where they honor Brady as “El Lurcho”. Trump would have to choose between his idiotic wall and his buddies.

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    • Easy? The NFL fined the Patriots $1 million at the time (chump change for Kraft, but still the largest fine in NFL history), this fourth round pick, and a first round (last year’s pick). I’m not even a Patriots fan and I think that’s fair considering there’s still no proof that deflating balls provides a significant advantage/disadvantage.

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