2012 NFL Draft: 5 Intriguing First Round Options for the New England Patriots

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Intriguing First Round Options for the New England Patriots
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There will certainly be an abundance of story lines to discuss when draft day arrives in April for the 2012 NFL Draft. Most of those highly-discussed topics will be regarding players and picks in the top half of the first round, including a guy named Andrew Luck and a few other high-profile prospects.

When the chaos settles, however, the New England Patriots will find themselves in an enviable position. They have two first round selections in this upcoming draft—one coming from New Orleans via trade, the other their own—which they can use to help fortify an already title-contending roster.

Both picks will be towards the end of the first round, but the Patriots—who have stockpiled picks in past years to the point that they sometimes drive fans crazy—can never be counted out of the trading game. They may choose to use both selections, they may trade one away, or they even may try to move up in the first round if Bill Belichick sees his man on the board.

What will the Pats do? No one knows for sure, but here are five riveting players that could be wearing the Patriot blue next September.

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