With less than a month to go before the NFL draft, the suspense is starting to build a bit. As they did last year, the Patriots hold the No. 29 pick in the first round.

Would anyone be shocked if Bill Belichick traded down, and collected a fleet of picks for his No. 1? The Patriots, though, are seemingly in the go-for-it mode, so perhaps they might make the selection at 29 or even look to move up.

Last year, Belichick managed to coax four picks out of the Minnesota Vikings for No. 29. On paper, he got more than the actual value of the pick. That’s because the Vikings desperately wanted wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

In exchange, the Pats got a second-round pick (linebacker Jamie Collins at No. 52), a third-round pick (cornerback Logan Ryan at No. 83), a fourth-round pick (wide receiver Josh Boyce at No. 103), and a seventh-round pick (traded to Tampa Bay as part of deal for running back LeGarrette Blount).

Might there be another team willing to make that kind of swap with the Pats?

At this point, it’s hard to tell how the quarterbacks are going to fall. It’s possible some teams that pass on taking a quarterback in the top of the first round will be looking to trade into the end of the first round if a desirable player is still on the board.

Gil Brandt, the NFL Media senior analyst and former Cowboys personnel director, wouldn’t be surprised to see some action late in the first round.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of scenarios I think might happen. I think one of the scenarios you might see, are people in the second round, trying to get up in the first round to take a quarterback,” Brandt told the Herald last week. “I think that’s a scenario that could happen. I think a player you get between (No.) 25 and 40, is about the same player. And we have about 20 of those guys.”

If the Patriots have a specific player in mind, say Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix, and he’s still on the board at No. 29, it’s more likely they’d jump on the pick in that go-for-it mode.

But, barring the scenario in which their dream player is still available, Belichick just might drop down again if the right deal presents itself.

Logical trade partners for the Pats would seem to be teams such as the Jaguars or Falcons, who hold 11 and 10 picks, respectively, and might be willing to move up for a player they fear won’t be there for them in the second round.

“This is where you get people, if they target a certain guy, they’ll overpay, or they target a certain guy, and they know someone else is also targeting him, they overpay, so you might be able to trade No. 29 for the fourth pick in the second round and maybe a second the following year, or something like that,” Brandt said. “I think the fact that so many players fall in that category, between 25-40, makes that pick more valuable. But you have to have somebody that has a particular player in mind.”

Again, whatever happens with the quarterbacks early will dictate a lot of the movement. Do Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater go early, or at all in the first round? And where do the rest of the dominoes fall?

The Patriots have had all of the top-tier quarterbacks in for visits and worked out more. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas and Alabama’s AJ McCarron were the latest QBs of note to visit Foxboro, coming in last week.

“It really is going to be interesting. There’s new ones popping up every day,” Brandt said of quarterback prospects. “The kid (Garrett) Gilbert from SMU all of a sudden has become a pretty hot commodity. It’s unbelievable the interest. A kid from North Dakota State (Brock Jensen) has had like nine visits. Everyone’s doing their due diligence, I’ll tell you that.”