Welcome to New England, where second-round picks can become so, so much more.
In this case, we're talking about the No. 43 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Patriots acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
One pick for one player: Simple trade, right?
Not for the Patriots, who by direct and indirect means have transformed that selection into a vast array of players and future draft picks.
Here's how it all started:
1. Patriots trade Garoppolo to Niners for 2018 No. 43 pick
After that? Buckle up.
2. Patriots trade No. 43 to Detroit Lions for 2018 No. 51 and No. 117 picks
3. Patriots trade No. 51 to Chicago Bears for 2018 No. 105 pick and 2019 No. 56 pick
3. Patriots trade No. 105 to Cleveland Browns for 2018 No. 114 and No. 178 picks
4. Patriots trade No. 114 to Lions for 2019 No. 73 pick
5. Patriots draft LB Christian Sam with 2018 No. 178 pick
6. Patriots trade 2018 No. 62 (own pick) and No. 117 for No. 56 pick, draft CB Duke Dawson
Deep breath. We're almost there.
7. Patriots trade 2019 No. 73 to Bears for No. 87, No. 162 and 2020 fourth-rounder
8. Patriots trade 2019 No. 56 and No. 101 (own pick) to the Los Angeles Rams for No. 45 pick, draft CB Joejuan Williams
9. Patriots draft RB Damien Harris with 2019 No. 87 pick
10. Patriots trade 2019 No. 97 (own pick) and No. 162 to Rams for No. 101 and No. 133, draft OT Yodny Cajuste and QB Jarrett Stidham
Got all that?
In total, New England made 10 moves that involved at least one asset originating from the Garoppolo trade, netting six players:
CB Duke Dawson
LB Christian Sam
CB Joejuan Williams
RB Damien Harris
T Yodny Cajuste
QB Jarrett Stidham
Oh, and the book still isn't closed on this trade, as the Patriots have the Bears' fourth-rounder in next year's draft.
The jury is still out on all of these players, but if any go on to make significant contributions -- if, say, Stidham becomes Tom Brady heir apparent -- credit goes to Bill Belichick for squeezing every last ounce out of the Jimmy G trade.
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