New England holds the rights to the 17th and 28th picks in the first round as well as multiple picks in the second and third rounds as well.
Is this the year the Patriots cash in their chips and use all the picks they’ve been stockpiling?
Look for Bill Belichick and company to restock themselves for the 2012 draft, a draft that they currently only own five picks in. For the critics who suggest that players, not picks, win championships keep in mind that the Patriots have selected eight times in the first and second rounds of the previous two drafts (McCourty, Gronkowski, Cunningham, Spikes, Chung, Brace, Butler, Vollmer).
Belichick and his staff have done a shrewd job of giving the Patriots the best of both worlds, lots of prime picks coupled with a sound investment in future drafts.