In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss explores how the Patriots might approach the 2012 NFL Draft and asks the question, "Could it be this obvious?"
Most signs point to defense, Reiss writes.
"Pinning down Bill Belichick is never easy, and projecting what players will ultimately be available to the Patriots when their picks arrive is nearly impossible, but several factors have come together which lead one to believe this will be primarily a defensive-minded top of the draft for New England.
"Start with what happened last year. In the first five rounds, the Patriots made seven selections. Six were on offense.
"Would Belichick really do that again this year? He might be full of annual surprises, but it's hard to believe he would overlook the D a second year in a row with the team's early selections, the ones where the probability of landing an impact player -- at the most reasonable NFL cost -- is highest.
"Not to mention that the offense is pretty well stocked as it is."
Reiss then details what looks like the primary areas of focus -- safety, right defensive end in the odd front, and right defensive end in the even front.
To read the piece, CLICK HERE.