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New England Patriots: Which Draft Picks Will Have the Biggest Impact?
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Chandler Jones is ready for a great rookie season

The New England Patriots have done nearly everything right this past offseason.

They fixed their wide receiver problem by re-signing Wes Welker and Deion Branch, and by signing Brandon Lloyd, Donte Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney. The Pats have also added depth on the offensive line and the defensive line and padded their strong linebacker unit.

The Patriots just about nailed the 2012 NFL Draft, filling holes at cornerback and safety. They also found a strong pass-rusher in Chandler Jones. Bill Belichick and company also drafted a stud linebacker—Dont'a Hightower. 

Not every player drafted will live up to expectations and some picks might not even play. But with the amount of talent in the Pats' picks, some are sure to stand out in 2012.

Here are the drafted players that will have significant impacts on the Patriots, along with full stat projections.

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