New England Patriots: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft

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New England Patriots: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft
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For years, the New England Patriots have been notorious for going into each draft with many draft picks, trading out some of them in order to stockpile picks for the next draft, and repeating the process each year.

This year that process left them with two first-round and two second-round draft picks, but the Patriots decided to do something different. This year, instead of trading down, the Patriots used their early-round assets to move up, seizing the opportunity to draft the two players they really wanted in Round 1, Syracuse pass-rusher Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

Did the Patriots make the right decision by changing their strategy and trading up for the talent they wanted? Read through the following slides for my analysis.

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