Patriots aren't playing around
April, 26, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
You knew Bill Belichick couldn’t stand having one of the worst defenses in the NFL. That is part of the reason the New England Patriots traded up -- not once, but twice -- to land another defender.
New England traded up again to No. 25 in the first round. This time the reigning AFC champs drafted Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower. The Patriots saw tremendous value at the end of the first round and jumped at the chance to land Hightower.
The Patriots need help being more physical, and that is what Hightower brings. He joins pass-rusher Chandler Jones as New England's two first-round picks.