2012 NFL Draft: Top 5 Needs for the New England Patriots

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2012 NFL Draft: Top 5 Needs for the New England Patriots
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Bill Belichick must juggle the need to win now while building for the future

With the 2012 NFL free-agency period winding down, it is time to turn our attention to the upcoming NFL draft.

The New England Patriots made several moves during free agency to bolster their roster, most of which were geared towards depth, with the lone exception being the signing of WR Brandon Lloyd.

The biggest decision the Patriots made following the Super Bowl was placing the franchise tag on Wes Welker, all but ensuring his return as Tom Brady’s go-to target.

There were opportunities for the Patriots to add starting-caliber players, but the brain trust decided to pass on making headline-grabbing moves.

Whether Bill Belichick was reluctant to spend the money required to lure a prized free agent or because he didn’t think any would fit in New England, the Patriots will enter the draft with several holes to fill if they wish to return to the Super Bowl next season. 

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