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“"A couple of teams have called that are kind of in the middle of the round, so I'm sure there is somebody that they like," Belichick said, pointing out that the Patriots are one of a small handful of teams (there are four others) with multiple picks in the second. While addressing the pass rush and defensive front seven figures to be part of the team's plan in the next few rounds, the running back position also should be in the mix. Belichick likely wouldn't have passed on Ingram if he didn't feel like there was good depth in that area, so this will be a test of the team's running back evaluation and feel for the overall draft board. Friday sets up as a deja vu of sorts for the Patriots. In 2009, the Patriots drafted Patrick Chung, Ron Brace, Darius Butler and Sebastian Vollmer in the second round, followed by Brandon Tate and Tyrone McKenzie in the third. In 2010, the team selected Rob Gronkowski, Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes in the second round, followed by Taylor Price in the third. This year, they have five more picks to work with in these two rounds, making Friday the key day of their draft. Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.
I think there are good players on the board, really, in a lot of positions. There are players that are going to help teams in this league.” -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick