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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Patriots turn No. 28 into 2012 first-rounder

By Tim Graham

The New England Patriots couldn't sit still for both of their first-round draft choices.

The Patriots took their turn by drafting Colorado tackle Nate Solder at No. 17, but then they spun No. 28 into more assets.

Bill Belichick peddled the pick in exchange for the New Orleans Saints' 2012 first-round pick and their second-rounder Friday night. The Saints used the pick to select Alabama running back Mark Ingram.

New England now has three picks Friday night -- Nos. 33, 56 and 60 -- and could end up with more.

Over the next 19 hours, the coveted lead-off spot that will draw trade attention from teams that want to swoop in and snag a player still on the board.