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Need and opportunity line up for Pats

With holes to fill, picks aplenty and deep pool, this may be Belichick's most critical draft

Updated: March 1, 2010, 12:19 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- After months of "All-Decade" talk, which sparked debate over the top team and players of the past 10 years, the past five days were all about the next decade.

What quickly became clear at the NFL combine is that the New England Patriots have a golden opportunity in their grasp.

This is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, bolstered by a strong crop of juniors. Some, such as longtime NFL general manager Charley Casserly, have called it the best first ...

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