NFL Draft 2012: Breaking Down What Makes the New England Patriots So Good

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NFL Draft 2012: Breaking Down What Makes the New England Patriots So Good
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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots may not blow fans away with their NFL draft selections, but it wouldn't be considered insane to believe that the best team in the past decade is also the best drafting team.

After all, drafting success brings future stars to the team. Stars create consistency and championship contention. It's a simple formula, yet so hard to complete.

It seems only fitting that the Patriots acquired Belichick from the New York Jets with a first-round selection as compensation—possibly the best draft move the franchise has ever made. It seems quite ironic that the Patriots, a team that is known for trading down in the first round, started the decade in this fashion.

Love or hate the Patriots organization, it is very hard to argue their success not only on the field, but in the draft room as well.

Here are the reasons the Patriots have become one of the most successful and consistent teams in terms of the NFL draft.

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