Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/27/12

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the second quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

After making their initial splash, trading up twice to nab top end linebackers Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are looking to take Saturday off.

With only two second round picks (42, 62) left, many expect Belichick to wheel and deal, but in reality, it looks like they wanted the front end of this draft. There have been rumors that the Patriots are not enamored with this draft and the blueprint for that theory is shown in the 2007 draft in which Belichick only made two selections.

An interesting scenario is Janoris Jenkins from North Alabama, an immensely talented corner who has top 10 skills, but also off field concerns. The Patriots are one of the few teams with the type of influence and confidence to bring in a player with a checkered past.

Aaron Hernandez came with red flags in 2010, but that didn’t stop the Patriots from using a 4th round pick on him. They also took Marcus Cannon even though he had been diagnosed with cancer and would probably miss the 2011 season. He ended up on the active roster in November, playing in some meaningful spots and played well.

At wide receiver, Justin Criner could be the pick. The Arizona Wildcat is 6’4 215 lbs and has been overshadowed by many of the receivers, but is a legitimate option.

Also, T.Y. Hilton from Florida International is a very interesting sleeper and would give the type of flexibility the Patriots like. He’s adept at kickoffs and punt returns as well being a good fit for a slot receiver.


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