2012 NFL Draft: Players Worth Targeting to Trade with the Patriots

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2012 NFL Draft: Players Worth Targeting to Trade with the Patriots
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You know it’s gonna happen.

At some point, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will walk across the stage, step to the podium, and say, “We have a trade. The New England Patriots have traded their selection to…”

The Patriots currently have the 27th and 31st selections in Round 1 and four total in the top 63 selections. What they don’t have is a lot of late draft picks.

If the Patriots, as expected, trade one of their first-round selections, they will want either a future first- or an early second-round selection with a few late picks thrown in to sweeten the deal.

If New England acquires an early second-round pick in the deal, they have an eye on a player they believe will still be available. Whether it’s a receiver (maybe Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu or South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery) or a hybrid pass rusher (Syracuse’s Chandler Jones, possibly), the Patriots hope the right player falls to incentivize making a deal with either pick.

Here are five players that teams might target through a deal with the Patriots.

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