Originally written April 12, 2013 on Football Nation:
The 2012 campaign was a season with highs and lows for a team that missed the Super Bowl by one game. The New England Patriots sported the top offense in the league, while being at or near the bottom in defensive performance at the same time.It was universally accepted that New England's secondary was porous, yielding equal big plays to what Tom Brady and the offense inflicted on opposing defenses. But the rest of the story involves an offense that struggled through a revolving door of injuries to many key players, while others stepped-up to carry the load.Add in free agent losses, including Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Patrick Chung, and this team may find it difficult to produce the gaudy numbers that have marked the last few seasons of the Belichick era.With all these factors in mind, here are some scenarios that we may see the Patriots employ during the Draft.I'll start with the obvious: Belichick could very likely pull-off one or more trades to gain additional picks i...
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