NFL Draft 2012: 5 Players New England Patriots Should Consider in Round 1

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NFL Draft 2012: 5 Players New England Patriots Should Consider in Round 1
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In the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots' primary need is to get help on defense. In 2011, they permitted opponents to gain an average of over 400 yards per game.

At 31st in the league, the Green Bay Packers were the only team with a worse record.

With two first round picks, though, the Patriots have the means to immediately impact that side of the football.

Specifically, they should focus on prospects that will shore up their secondary and linebacking core.

What about the offense?

Despite the fact they were in the top five in total yards and passing yards, they could use an additional piece for Tom Brady to throw too.

Surprisingly, since arriving in 2000, Bill Belichick has not drafted well at that position.

If they see it as a priority, an athletic receiver who can provide a downfield presence should be considered.

Remember, the Patriots are a team that was just one Wes Welker catch away from winning the Super Bowl.

If they think about and select any of the following five players, they will put themselves in an even better position to compete for another championship.

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