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New England Patriots Draft 2012: Exploring Every Need the Patriots Must Address
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Free agency in the NFL was a frenzy as usual this year, but this time, the New England Patriots weren't just sitting around and watching.

Instead, the Patriots were busy. Very busy. They blew up their wide receiver depth chart and upgraded it by signing Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth. They made moves along the defensive line by adding Jonathan Fanene and Trevor Scott. Corners Will Allen and Marquice Cole and safety Steve Gregory were good pickups for the secondary.

Pretty impressive. But it's not enough. Not yet, anyway.

The Patriots still have a hearty list of needs going into April's NFL draft. They're AFC champions and have earned rave reviews for their performance on the open market. But they can be better. A lot better.

Here are the areas they should have an eye on improving.

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