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Hits and misses in recent drafts

Updated: January 16, 2010, 8:45 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The theory is that the Patriots' drafting in recent years has contributed to their fall from elite NFL status. Let's take a closer look at the validity of that while also factoring in the context of all 32 teams.

This is the time when teams who drafted strongly from 2005 to 2008 would be most rewarded. The idea is that players selected in those years are now hitting their prime or at least have made the all-important jump from rookie to second-year player.

So what do the Patriots have ...

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