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Pass-rusher or bust?

Many hope the Patriots will cash in their draft riches for a stud defender

Updated: April 5, 2011, 12:58 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

This week's Patriots Mailbag focuses closely on the various possibilities for the Patriots in the draft. Trading up. Trading down. Trading into next year.

All scenarios are dissected. Bill Belichick has made 15 trades up the board in his 11 drafts with the team, and 25 trades down or into the future. So while he leans more toward trades down, history tells us anything is in play.

If I had to sum up this draft for the Patriots, I think it comes down to the pass rush. If the Patriots ...

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