The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, and the New England Patriots approach it with just five picks, as a result of having traded their fourth-round pick for Aqib Talib, their fifth-rounder for Albert Haynesworth and their sixth-rounder for Chad Johnson over the last two years. The Patriots received Tampa Bay’s seventh-round selection in the Talib trade, giving them two picks in the final round, but will have no compensatory selections this year. All in all, these are the Pats’ five picks:
1. Round 1, Pick 29
2. Round 2, Pick 27 (59 overall)
3. Round 3, Pick 29 (91 overall)
4. Round 7, Pick 20 (226 overall, from Buccaneers)
5. Round 7, Pick 29 (235 overall)
Let’s take a look at the three positions the Patriots most urgently need to address in the Draft, and some of the players they could target come Thursday. Today, we look at defensive back.