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If there’s one thing Bill Belichick and the Patriots like to do, it’s stockpile picks for every NFL draft.

If there’s one thing Bill Belichick and the Patriots like to do, it’s stockpile picks for every NFL draft.

How many times have we sat in front of the TV, only to see that every time the Patriots are about to make a pick, they trade it?

Belichick has never been a fan of drafting a high first-rounder and paying him a substantial amount of money. But a new CBA might limit rookies’ earning potential, meaning we might soon see Belichick trading up if he sees someone he likes.

Whether that will affect this year’s draft is uncertain. Regardless, the Pats own six picks in the first three rounds; it’s going to be a good year for stocking up on talent.

The first spot (No. 17 overall) should go linebacker — particularly outside. The Pats’ pass rush (or lack thereof) killed them last year. By getting a guy who can come around the edges, New England will force opposing QBs out of the pocket, essentially lowering completion percentage.

Look for UCLA’s Akeem Ayers, or even Texas A&M’s Von Miller (they’d have to trade up), as targets.

Defensive line also needs addressing, and may provide more options where the Pats are currently slated in the draft. Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt are two DEs who’ve been thrown around the Patriots’ mock draft charts, with Cal’s Cam Jordan being the reach choice.

On the offensive end, the line needs more work than the receiving corps.

 
 
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