New England Patriots: Biggest Draft Needs and Full 7-Round Mock

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New England Patriots: Biggest Draft Needs and Full 7-Round Mock
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Rejoice, draftniks! Our favorite time of the year is upon us yet again.

The 2013 NFL draft is set to kick off on Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall, as a fresh new crop of faces gets set to embark upon their respective NFL careers.

This article will not feature an entire breakdown of the first round because, quite honestly, everybody and their grandmother has their own "fool-proof" mock draft at this time of year that will already let you know "exactly" where each of this year's top prospects will land. Sadly, though, even the most renowned experts are about as useful as a broken fan during their valiant attempt to do so, and even the most successful mocks have about a 10 percent accuracy rate.

Still, it is always fun to speculate. Yet, rather than focus on the entire 32-team landscape, I will instead focus on the New England Patriots, their biggest needs and, ultimately, who could be a likely selection for them in each of the respective rounds that they are slated to pick.

Shockingly, the team only has five selections in this year's draft, which goes completely against the team's typical philosophy of stockpiling picks in order to get the most value possible. I would not be surprised if one or more of these picks were traded in order to garner more quantity, but exactly which picks will be traded is virtually impossible to predict, so I have decided to focus on the five current selections that the team has at this point in time.

Am I any more qualified than any of the experts that you could find on ESPN, NFL.com or other prominent draft sites, like WalterFootball.com (one of my favorite draft websites by the way)?

No, probably not.

But I am a die-hard New England Patriots and NFL fan who spends hours of precious time each year scouring draft boards and sports sites trying to appease my insatiable hunger for more draft talk.

So, sit back, enjoy the show and please feel free to leave some comments below.

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