Found April 26, 2012 on Sox and Dawgs:
The New England Patriots traded the 27th overall pick in the first round that they got last year from New Orleans to Cincinnati for the 21st overall pick.  The Bengals also get New England’s third rounder at #93 overall. With the 21st selection of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Patriots selected Syracuse University DE Chandler Jones.  Jones who missed the first five games with a knee injury registered 4.5 sacks in just 7 games and surely would have been a Top 10 pick if it weren’t for the injury. He was a 2011 First Team All-Big East selection. His brother Arthur Jones plays for the Baltimore Ravens and his other brother Jon is a UFC World Lightweight Champion. It is the third time Bill Belichick has moved up in the first round also doing so in 2002 and 2003 before this year. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveMichaelsII photo credit: AP Photo

Patriots trade up again and select Dont’a Hightower What...

Patriots trade up again and select Dont’a Hightower What in the world is going on, two trade ups!??! For those of you who have been paying attention you know I didn’t see the Hightower fit for the Pats because he seemed too much like Spikes. But there’s no question he’s a talented linebacker and I will be extremely curious to see how the Pats plan to use him. Whether it...

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

NFL Videos: Bill Belichick talks draft

NFL Videos: Bill Belichick talks draft

Gathering some final mocks - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

Gathering some final mocks - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

12 notes on Patriots draft eve

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Patriots draft Illinois safety Tavon Wilson (?) in 2nd round

It happens every year. The Patriots draft a guy that not even Greg Cosell knows who he is. This...

Round Peg, Round Hole: Why New England is the Perfect Fit for Chandler Jones

Post-Standard/Frank Ordonez In a whirlwind two months that saw Chandler Jones skyrocket from a third-round grade to 21st overall pick by the Patriots, The Fizz has been tracking his story. We’ve dissected all the reasons for his dramatic rise, but now it’s time to look ahead. The big questions now are will Chandler fit in New England and how soon will he get on the field? A...

2012 Patriots Draft Selections

On Thursday night, the NFL will hold their annual draft when it conducts the first round at Radio City Music Hall in New York City under the watchful eye of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Rounds Two and Three will be held on Friday night and Rounds Four through Seven will be held on Saturday afternoon and you can watch each and every selection on ESPN and the NFL Network. Heading...

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...

Patriots Trade Second Rounder to Pack

The New England Patriots traded their second pick of the second round (#62 overall) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a third round selection (#90) and a fifth rounder (#153). Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveMichaelsII

Patriots Expected to Seek Defensive Help on Front Seven If They Don't Trade Earlier Picks

The New England Patriots will have two first-round picks in the upcoming NFLdraft, which probably makes a lot of AFC teams nervous. 2012 NFL Draft - Draft Position - Ryan Tannehill (QB Texas A&M) Over 8 -150 Under 8 -110 If the Patriots stay in their spots at 27th and 31st, there's a great chance they'll be adding two quality players –- if not starters -- to a team...

Patriots stick around, trade back into later rounds

After picking the 24th ranked safety Tavon Wilson in the draft at 48, the Patriots decided they would like book the hotel room for another night. They traded away their 62nd overall pick to the Packers and received a 3rd (90th) and 5th round pick (163rd). Looks like the Patriots didn't see any quality players that we've never heard of, so they made the trade. On paper...
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