Patriotic Duty: 5 Needs New England Must Address In The 2011 NFL Draft

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Patriotic Duty: 5 Needs New England Must Address In The 2011 NFL Draft
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Head Coach Bill Belichick

With five of the first 74 picks in this year's draft, the New England Patriots have a unique opportunity to make their elite team even better next fall. Enormous credit is due to the Pats front office and Bill Belichick for their remarkable ability to turn players that couldn't fit into their scheme into draft pick gold.

As good as the Patriots have been this year, no NFL team is without holes to fill or depth issues to address. As New England prepares to meet the Jets in the divisional round, it's never too early to look ahead to the April draft.

With that said, here are five key areas Belichick and scouting department will have to focus on, and the impact players who may be called upon to make the team better.

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