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He had been holding onto his chips for years, moving them into the next year or more picks in the same draft. However, Bill Belichick caught the trade fever in reverse this year. For most of the night, Patriots fans waited for Bill Belichick to wait, and then trade back. However, a new CBA had teams trade happy in the first round and Belichick caught the fever as well. As in every draft, one or two unexpected moves changes the landscape and opens up new options. In Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower, Belichick just might have hit the motherload. The New England Patriots traded their 27th overall pick with the Cincinnati Bengals, moving up 6 spots while giving the Bengals their 3rd rounder (93rd overall). With the 21st pick, the Patriots selected DE Chandler Jones from Syracuse.

Pats draftee has 112-year-old family member

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NFL Videos: Bill Belichick talks draft

NFL Videos: Bill Belichick talks draft

New England Patriots select Dont’a Hightower, Grade B

I’m not crazy about this pick for the New England Patriots, but I’ll give Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt. I don’t see Dont’a Hightower as a great fit in New England’s defense, but I have to assume Belichick has a specific plan for him. It will be interesting to see where he lines up, either at inside or outside linebacker. Or maybe even at defensive end in some...

Bill Belichick, Patriots Get Aggressive to Make Serious Upgrades to Defense in First Round of Draft

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick rolled up his sleeves and got after it Thursday during the first round of the NFL draft. As a result of his uncharacteristic aggressiveness, the Patriots made some serious improvements to their defense. Belichick traded up twice in the first round -- the first time he's done that since 2003 -- to land a pair of high-quality...

Patriots break tradition, bolster defense to help Tom Brady

The New England Patriots moved up not once, but twice in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft in order to strengthen a defense that ranked 31st in the league in 2011.  Traditionally, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has traded down in previous drafts in order to stockpile picks for future use, but after losing

Patriots Continue to Focus on Defense, Predictable Strategy Paying Off With Playmaking Additions

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Bill Belichick's draft room breeds unpredictability, almost to the degree of cruelty. But the Patriots have run through the first three rounds of the draft with a necessary urgency on defense that should have been apparent when the preparation process intensified in recent months. The offensive superpower needed to focus on the defensive side, and that's...

Bill Belichick Shares a Lesson in Value With Individual Picks and Trades in Draft

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick preaches value in the draft as much as anyone, and he came out of Friday's second and third rounds feeling confident in his team's return on their lone trade of the day. The Patriots traded down, shipping the 62nd pick to the Packers for the 90th and 163rd selections. At the end of it all, New England used the 90th pick...

Chandler Jones Gives Patriots Immediate Boost on Defensive Edge

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots shocked all of New England on Thursday night when they traded up in the first round for the second time in Bill Belichick's 13 drafts with the team. The Pats sent the 27th and 93rd picks to the Browns for the 21st selection, which they used on Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. Key Stats The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder had 10.5 sacks in three seasons...

Rex Ryan in Same Coaching Class As Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan who is really better?   Ok so I wrote this because I’m getting tired of everyone saying how bad of a coach Rex Ryan is. So I thought who better to compare him to then the best Head Coach in the NFL. I’m going to go over quite a few things  such as regular season wins, playoffs wins, and how both coaches made it to where they are at today. I will...

Nate Ebner of Ohio State Among Late-Round Picks for Patriots (Video)

Safety Nate Ebner is among the new players who will be reporting to the Patriots now that the 2012 NFL draft has finished. Ebner was selected with the 197th pick, in the sixth round. Bill Belichick explains what he and the Pats saw in the Ohio State player.

Patriots change draft approach, finally address pass rush needs

In his 12 years as head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has traded up in the first round of the draft only twice. On Thursday night, he matched that number. Belichick and the Patriots traded up from No. 27 to No. 21 to acquire Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. They then traded up again — this time from No. 31 to No. 25 — to acquire Alabama linebacker Dont’a...

Dont'a Hightower's Elite Skillset Gives Patriots Instant Upgrade, Plenty of Flexibility With Linebackers

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick went into some familiar territory with his second first-round pick Thursday night, selecting Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower with the 25th pick. Hightower starred on the national championship defense for Nick Saban, who is a close friend of Belichick's. The Patriots traded up for the second time in a matter of...

The Hoodie Strikes Back: New England Trades Up Twice in Round 1

Just when everyone expected the Patriots to move down in the first round, think again.  Bill Belichick took advantage of some sliding prospects and moved up twice to secure two building blocks for one of the league's worst defenses.  The Patriots traded the 27th pick and their 2012 third-rounder to the Bengals for pick 21 and selected Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones...

New England Patriots select Tavon Wilson, Grade F

This is the biggest reach of the draft and the worst 2nd round pick since the Raiders reach for Mike Mitchell in 2009. The New England Patriots do a great job managing the draft with trades, but every so often Bill Belichick gets too cute and tries to out-smart everyone else, but only ends up out-smarting himself. Wilson is a special teams player who lacks the basic skills to start...

Patriots targeted versatile Jones, Hightower

Bill Belichick has frustrated New England fans in recent years by trading down and out of the first round with regularity. But that all changed Thursday night as Belichick made deals with both of his first-round selections -- scheduled to be at 27 and 31 overall -- moved up twice and selected Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower. "...
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