NFL Draft 2013: Top Defensive Players Who Patriots Should Target

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NFL Draft 2013: Top Defensive Players Who Patriots Should Target
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The Pats need to address the secondary and Reid and Mathieu would help.

There is no escaping the fact that the New England Patriots must improve their defense, most importantly the secondary, this offseason and the 2013 NFL Draft is the perfect opportunity to do so.

The Patriots have a number of players in the secondary who are entering free agency, including Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Patrick Chung.

Alfonzo Dennard was quite a surprise for the Pats this past season at cornerback, but his future is unclear after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer. This leaves the team in a tough situation.

One thing that is certain is that the Patriots' front office will need to make some big changes on the defensive side via free agency and the draft.

Here are seven defensive players the New England Patriots should target in this year's NFL draft.

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