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What's the Pats' draft plan?

Updated: April 26, 2011, 1:53 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

In the final Patriots mailbag before this week's NFL draft, one theme stood out to me: how all the media coverage over the past three months has created a hard-to-satisfy expectation for what is to come.

Then I thought back to last year and the Patriots' selection of cornerback Devin McCourty after two trades down in the first round. The immediate reaction was not positive.

Part of the reason was because McCourty didn't have a lot of "buzz" leading into the draft, and that is a reminder ...

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