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NFL Mock Draft 2012: New England Patriots Look To Trade One First-Rounder

As a St. Louis Rams fan I'm tempted to use the New England Patriots' No. 27 pick in our 2012 NFL Mock Draft to select, say, cholera, or just a big box filled with garbage, or a wardrobe of hooded sweatshirts. I'm doubly tempted because the Patriots seem no more interested in the pick themselves; they want desperately to trade it or No. 31 overall, though no takers have yet emerged. If the Boston Globe can be confused about their intentions so can I, right?

Nevertheless: If they don't trade this one, I like them going out on a limb and taking somebody like Stephen Hill. Their current wide receivers are getting older, but they're still effective; Hill is young, but not yet that effective. That works for me. Hill, a fast-mover in recent mock drafts and a genuine potential-number-one project, would be buried on the depth chart in the early going, but he couldn't ask for a better place to be buried.

But they'll probably trade it or something, because Bill Belichick doesn't want me to be happy.

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