Bill Belichick has traded down so frequently on draft day that it surprised many when he reversed course and took advantage of all the picks he's been accumulating to land defensive end Chandler Jones and inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (both above) in the first. Each is NFL-ready, perhaps an indication that the Patriots realize that Tom Brady's window of opportunity is closing. Of New England's other picks, Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette stands out for his production and relentlessness as did their final defensive pick -- Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who slipped to No. 224 overall and round seven largely due to an injury-ravaged senior season and off-field concerns after entering the year regarded as a potential first-round prospect. The Patriots are rarely flashy on draft day and after their aggression on day one, they were largely quiet but this draft puts them in position to again defend their AFC crown.
Stew Milne, US PRESSWIRE
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