New England Patriots: 2009 Draft Preview

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Published: April 14, 2009

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... class="MsoNormal">Even after the New England Patriots collapsed in the 2007 Super Bowl, many pundits were picking them to still claim dominance in 2008. However, thanks to Tom Brady’s Week One knee injury, those thoughts were laid to rest. Or were they?

Enter little known backup Matt Cassel, who deftly led the squad to a successful 11-5 record. Unfortunately, even with that record, the Patriots were on the outside looking in during the playoffs. Now Brady is back, and so is Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and a horde of other talent, including offseason pickups Fred Taylor, Chris Baker, Shawn Springs, and Leigh Bodden.

The team is getting up there in age in certain positions, and while they are easily favored in the AFC, they have a unique opportunity. Owning four picks in the first two rounds, the Patriots can find quality team players that will be molded to their specifications, as Bill Belichick has a knack for doing. The Patriots lik...

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