Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 5/3/13
When the New England Patriots' pick came up in the first round of the draft last week, there were a bunch of big-name candidates still ripe for the picking on the board.But with shrinking cap space and only three picks to follow, New England finagled four picks for its one, allowing itself a bit of flexibility and a chance at a chunk of middle-round talent. And that's exactly what owner Robert Kraft & Co. got, grabbing five total selections in the top 102, which was the most of any team. Kraft talked with the media Thursday about the decision to flip the No. 29 spot and the thought that went behind that choice. "The real strength of the draft … if we had drafted in the top 20-25, we would have taken the same players that we took later," Kraft said via WEEI.com. "For us, from a cap point of view of having financial flexibility, and the talent, I think this draft wound up very well for us. I understand fans who don’t have the full knowledge of what goes and the value that’s there,...
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