With Alabama running back Mark Ingram still on the board, the Patriots opted to trade away their No. 28 pick to the Saints who snatched up the former Heisman Trophy winner.
In doing so, the Pats traded the 28th pick for the Saints' second-round pick (No. 56) and their 2012 first-rounder.
Belichick didn't do anything to deviate from his past draft record of trading into the future, and he continued his trend of manipulating the draft.
Ingram would have filled a huge need and was a great value this late in the first round, but the Patriots are now armed with three second-rounders with prospects like Muhammad Wilkerson, Cameron Heyward, Jabaal Sheard and Brooks Reed still on the board.
While the Saints won't be picking high in the draft, it can never hurt to have two first-round selections next year.
However, in order to make this draft a success, the Pats will have to hit it big with defensive front-seven players on Friday with picks 33, 56 and 60.