NFL Draft 2011: New England Patriots' 5 Biggest Needs

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NFL Draft 2011: New England Patriots' 5 Biggest Needs
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Every NFL team could have its needs under a microscope during the 2011 NFL draft. With the unsettled collective bargaining agreement and a lack of free-agent acquisitions before the draft, teams could be handcuffed into using the draft as their sort of free agency. Those teams will be more likely to draft for need rather than value.

Having watched Bill Belichick draft over the years, I can tell you for sure he's not going to let the Patriots be one of those teams.

Still, there's no way he'll completely ignore the team's overall needs for the entirety of the draft. Thus, it's worth our attention to address the top five needs the Patriots should keep their minds on during the draft.

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