2012 NFL Mock Draft: New England Patriots 4-Round Mock Draft

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: New England Patriots 4-Round Mock Draft
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This year's NFL draft features some of the best defensive talent in a while, and that is music to New England's ears.

The Patriots' secondary struggled this past season but did begin to jell toward the end of their season.

Year after year, coach Bill Belichick has a method of going about the NFL draft. The Patriots rarely take high-profile players, rarely stick with their first pick and always surprise their fans with "no-names" who turn out to be great players, i.e. Jerod Mayo, Logan Mankins et al.

With April approaching fast and the scouting combine winding down, each NFL team has had a chance to scout the top players coming out of college.

If the Patriots are smart, and everyone knows they will be, they have the chance to bolster their defense and start proving people wrong about their  inability to defend.

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