The 2012 draft is over and Bill Belichick walks away after a stellar front office effort. Thursday night, the Patriots stunned the NFL world, moving up twice in the first round and selecting Chandler Jones out of Syracuse, and Don’t’a Hightower from Alabama.
Giving up his 3rd and 4th picks respectively, Belichick chose safety Tavon Wilson from Illinois. The new Belichick ended here and the old hooded master went to work.
He traded the 62nd pick and spun it into two picks (90th and 163rd), trading with Green Bay, giving him the crack of light needed to keep going in the draft.
He took defensive end Jake Bequette out of Arkansas with the 90th pick. The master wasn’t done yet, as he turned his last pick (or so it seemed), the 163rd, into three. He traded the 163rd pick for three additional picks (197, 224, 235) and in the process, may have landed one of the best values, albeit the most risk.
At 197, the Patriots chose defensive back Nate Ebner out of Ohio State and with the ...