Mailbag: Laying a foundation

Fans fill the 'bag with questions on the 12 new Patriots from the 2010 draft class

Updated: April 28, 2010, 1:02 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Bill Belichick often refers to the NFL draft as preparing for a test. Now that the test has taken place, how did the Patriots do? That's the primary theme of this week's mailbag as the team's moves are dissected from every angle.

One point that stands out to me is that for the second straight year, the Patriots made 12 draft picks. Over that time, 11 have come within the first three rounds, where the best quality is found.

The Patriots' goal is to have ...

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