Our recent drafts show a propencity to trade down and aquire additional picks. I think this year may be somewhat different as the team has obvious needs that may or may be filled with that early pick. For example, the team lacked a pash rush at the tail end of the season and during the playoffs. If an impact performer was available that the team felt was worth that #7 like a Golston, I would think they would take him. Conversely, we have suffered multiple attritions to the cornerback position. If the team doesn't feel any of the corners they covet as being worthy of that high pick, trading it for multiple picks would be consistent with how they have operated in the past.
Remember, Asante was a 4th round pick. Hobbs was a 3 or 4 himself. The Pats don't get uncomfortable when selecting in the middle rounds, and often find the guys to fit there system regardless of pedigree.
I do believe that the linebacking core needs some pizzaz, and that can be accomplished outside of the 1st round. If the focus is to fix the immediate on field shortcomings like a pass rush specialist, you can find that guy in round 3 or later, he will be a bit short, a tad undersized and not quite the guy you look at a 3 down player, but he will be a pin-your-ears back pass rusher on 3rd down for you. If the Pats don't take Golston (if available) I would be shocked, but most of the names I hear them associated with are round 2 and round 3 cornerbacks with savy, physicality, and not a whole lot of foot speed