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Patriots 2013 Mock Draft: The Smartest Pick New England Can Make at Every Spot
Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports
The Pats should go big with Short.

Let's get one thing straight about the New England Patriots' 2013 draft—there's almost no chance they make selections at all of their current picks.  

Despite the Pats' reputation as a team that trades down in the draft to maximize value, they've actually cashed in on their picks quite a bit recently.  They moved up twice in the first round of last year's draft to acquire DE Chandler Jones and LB Dont'a Hightower.

As for this year?  They're already pick-less in three rounds, thanks to trades for veterans WR Chad Johnson, DT Albert Haynesworth and CB Aqib Talib.  

Coach Bill Belichick was smart to make those trades (though not all of them worked, obviously)—the Pats sorely need playmakers like Jones and Talib in their pursuit of a fourth Super Bowl title.  

But New England likely needs a full deck of picks in the next year or two—they don't want to go the way of the New York Jets, who selected just seven players combined in 2009 and 2010 and have missed the playoffs two years in a row. 

Still, let's assume the Pats surprise me (it wouldn't be the first time) and keep to the status quo with the five picks currently in their possession.  In that situation, what would their ideal draft look like? 

With the Pats' needs in mind, let's take a look at who New England should take.

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