NFL Draft 2011: 10 Things to Expect from the New England Patriots on Draft Day

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NFL Draft 2011: 10 Things to Expect from the New England Patriots on Draft Day
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Most Patriot fans are looking ahead to the NFL Draft. Patriot offensive lineman Matt Light is probably not.

For most NFL fans, now is a time of confusion and dread towards labor agreement talks. What better way to forget about this impasse than to speculate on the upcoming NFL Draft?

More specifically, what approach will one of the National Football League's most consistent teams take?

The New England Patriots–under Bill Belichick–have developed a reputation during the Draft to trade down-and-away for future picks. This has worked incredibly well for the organization, especially in recent years.

The Patriots' draft class from 2010 is largely considered to have been the most rewarding throughout the league, at least immediately. Budding stars Devin McCourty (27th overall), Rob Gronkowski (42nd overall), Brandon Spikes (62nd overall) and Aaron Hernandez (113th overall) all played key roles on last year's team.

With similar tactics and Belichick's ever-keen sense of talent, the Patriots can only improve their overall worth.

Let's take a look at what we can expect from the three-time Super Bowl Champions in this year's draft.

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