2012 NFL Draft: 5 Defensive Studs New England Patriots Must Target

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Defensive Studs New England Patriots Must Target
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The defensive struggles of the New England Patriots in 2011-'12 have been well documented.

Bill Belichick will almost certainly be looking to upgrade at most defensive positions, using the NFL Draft to do so.

Belichick has been known as a draft guru, but some of his recent struggles in the draft, especially on the defensive side of the ball, have called into question his ability to be a good judge of true talent.

He has missed on higher draft picks such as Darius Butler, Jonathan Wilhite and Brandon Meriweather but that won't deter him from going after defensive players with his top picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Here are some names Belichick must target to improve his shotty defense.

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