Apr 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots first round draft choices Chandler Jones (second left) and Dont'a Hightower (second right) hold up a jersey flanked by Patriots chairman Robert Kraft (left) and Patriots president Jonathan Kraft (right) during a news conference at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Draft 2012: Patriots Draft Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Tavon Wilson, Jake Bequette

Draft day is here. New England drafted Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower in the first round and Tavon Wilson and Jake Bequette in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. BC's Luke Kuechly went to Carolina Panthers at No. 9 overall.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, Round 7: Alfonzo Dennard Picked By New England Patriots, No. 224 Overall

With the 17th pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected defensive back, Alfonzo Dennard, from Nebraska.

ESPN Scouts Inc., ranked Dennard as the 14th best cornerback in the draft, and the 106th best prospect overall, so it appears the Pats got themselves some value in the seventh round.

The National Football Post had Dennard ranked even higher – their 10th best cornerback. Here's what they had to say in their scouting report:

He's strong/feisty, can press off the line and turn and run. Needs to clean up some technical flaws both in press and off the line, which hinders his balance. But can be a guy who could start both on the outside and in the slot at the next level.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, Round 6: Nate Ebner Picked By New England Patriots, No. 197 Overall

With the 27th pick in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected defensive back, Nate Ebner, from THE Ohio State.

Ebner is a former rugby players and spent most of his time playing special teams at Ohio State. He joined the program as a walk-on freshman in 2009. He recored 11 tackles and one sack for the Buckeyes in 2012.

He wasn't at the combine, but impressed at Ohio State's pro day with a 4.55 40 yard dash, 39 inch vertical and 4.04 shuttle. He also put up 225 on the bench, 23 times.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, Round 3: Selections And Picks Recap

Day two of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, the New England Patriots made major improvements on the defensive side of the ball. If you'd like a full recap of the Pats' first two days of the draft, click here. For a full recap of the third round is below:

  1. Indianapolis Colts (No. 64): Dwyane Allen, TE, Clemson
  2. St. Louis Rams (No. 65): Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
  3. Minnesota Vikings (66): Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
  4. Denver Broncos (67): Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
  5. Houston Texans (68): DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
  6. Buffalo Bills (69): TJ Graham, WR, N.C. State
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars (70): Bryan Anger, P, California
  8. Washington Redskins (71): Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU
  9. Miami Dolphins (72): Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami
  10. San Diego Chargers (73): Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
  11. Kansas City Chiefs (74): Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
  12. Seattle Seahawks (75): Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
  13. Houston Texans (76): Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)
  14. New York Jets (77): Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas St.
  15. Miami Dolphins (78): Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
  16. Chicago Bears (79): Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State
  17. Arizona Cardinals (80): Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
  18. Dallas Cowboys (81): Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
  19. Tennessee Titans (82): Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
  20. Cincinnati Bengals (83): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
  21. Baltimore Ravens (84): Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
  22. Detroit Lions (85): Dwight Bentley, CB, La-Lafayette
  23. Pittsburgh Steelers (86): Sean Spence, OLB, Miami (FL)
  24. Cleveland Browns (87): John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati
  25. Philadelphia Eagles (88): Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
  26. New Orleans Saints (89): Akeim Hicks, DT, Regina
  27. New England Patriots (90): Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
  28. Atlanta Falcons (91): Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Mississippi
  29. Indianapolis Colts (92): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International
  30. Cincinnati Bengals (93): Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
  31. New York Giants (94): Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
  32. Oakland Raiders (95): Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah

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2012 NFL Draft Results, Round 3: Jake Bequette Picked By New England Patriots, No. 90 Overall

The New England Patriots have made a point to improve their defense in the 2012 NFL Draft, and for the fourth time Friday the Pats' took a defensive player, Arkansas Razorback defensive end Jake Bequette, with their third-round selection. Bequette will be another player that will hopefully bolster a New England defensive line, which on Thursday added first-round pick Chandler Jones.

Bequette (6-foot-4, 271-pounds) is said to be a tough, smart defender who is disciplined with his assignments. The knock on Bequette is he isn't the fastest (4.75 seconds 40-yard dash) and isn't very versatile. His best position is probably as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Picks And Selection Recap Of Round 2

Round two of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, and it moved just as fast as the first round. Though, there wasn't as much high-profiled player taken, there was just as much trading. The New England Patriots were one of those teams making moves, as they traded down forfeiting one of their second-round picks. Here's a recap of round two of the draft:

NFL DRAFT 2012 - SECOND ROUND

  1. St. Louis Rams -- Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
  2. Indianapolis Colts -- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
  3. Baltimore Ravens -- Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
  4. Denver Broncos -- Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
  5. Cleveland Browns -- Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Andre Branch, DL, Clemson
  7. St. Louis Rams -- Janoris Jenkins, DB, North Alabama
  8. Carolina Panthers -- Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern St.
  9. Buffalo Bills -- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
  10. Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
  11. New York Jets -- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
  12. Kansas City Chiefs -- Jeff Allen, OG, Illinois
  13. Chicago Bears -- Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
  14. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mychal Kendricks, OLB, California
  15. Seattle Seahawks -- Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State
  16. New England Patriots -- Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois
  17. San Diego Chargers -- Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
  18. St. Louis Rams -- Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
  19. Green Bay Packers -- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
  20. Tennessee Titans -- Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
  21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Devon Still, DT, Penn State
  22. Detroit Lions -- Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
  23. Atlanta Falcons -- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
  25. Denver Broncos -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
  27. Philadelphia Eagles -- Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
  28. Baltimore Ravens -- Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
  29. San Francisco 49ers -- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
  30. Green Bay Packers -- Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
  31. New York Giants -- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

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NFL Draft Results 2012: First-Round Picks No. 1-32

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is completed, and a lot of action happened in a record amount of time. For the first time ever, the first 32 picks of the draft took just about three hours to complete and in the middle of the fast-and-furious selection were a lot of trades.

Here's the results of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft:

NFL DRAFT 2012 - FIRST ROUND, PICKS 1-10

  1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford Cardinal)
  2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor Bears)
  3. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama Crimson Tide)
  4. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil (OT, USC Trojans)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Justin Blackmon (WR, Oklahoma St. Sooners)
  6. Dallas Cowboys - Morris Claiborne (CB, LSU Tigers)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mark Barron (S, Alabama Crimson Tide)
  8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M Aggies)
  9. Carolina Panthers - Luke Kuechly (LB, Boston College Eagles)
  10. Buffalo Bills - Stephon Gilmore (RB, South Carolina Gamecocks)
  11. Kansas City Chiefs - Dontari Poe (DT, Memphis)
  12. Philadelphia Eagles - Fletcher Cox (DT, Mississippi St. Rebels)
  13. Arizona Cardinals - Michael Floyd (WR, Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
  14. St. Louis Rams - Michael Brockers (DT, LSU Tigers)
  15. Seattle Seahawks - Bruce Irvin (OLB, West Virginia Mountaineers)
  16. New York Jets - Quinton Coples (DE, New York Jets)
  17. Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick (DB, Alabama Crimson Tide)
  18. San Diego Chargers - Melvin Ingram (OLB, South Carolina Gamecocks)
  19. Chicago Bears - Shea McClellin (OLB, Boise State Broncos)
  20. Tennessee Titans - Kendall Wright (WR, Baylor Bears)
  21. New England Patriots - Chandler Jones (DE, Syracuse Orange)
  22. Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden (QB, Oklahoma St.)
  23. Detroit Lions - Riley Reiff (OT, Iowa Hawkeyes)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers - David DeCastro (OG, Standford)
  25. New England Patriots - Don'ta Hightower (ILB, Alabama)
  26. Houston Texans - Whitney Mercilus (OLB, Illinois)
  27. Cincinnati Bengals - Kevin Zeitler (OG, Wisconsin Badgers)
  28. Green Bay Packers - Nick Perry (OLB, USC Trojans)
  29. Minnesota Vikings - Harrison Smith (S, Notre Dame)
  30. San Francisco 49ers - A.J. Jenkins (WR, Illinois)
  31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Doug Martin (RB, Boise State Broncos)
  32. New York Giants - David Wilson (RB, Virginia Tech)

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NFL Draft 2012: Patriots Trade-Up A Second Time To No. 25, Take Dont'a Hightower

For the second time in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots moved up to snag a defensive prospect. This time the Patriots traded their No. 31-overall pick and a fourth-rounder to the Denver Broncos, who gave them the 25th selection overall to snag Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Donta Hightower. Earlier, the Patriots moved-up to select yracuse Orange defensive end Chandler Jones at No. 21 overall.

New England, which moved up just for just the fourth time in the Bill Belichick era, now has just two second-round picks (No. 48 and 68 overall) remaining in this year's draft.

Hightower (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) was a part of the No. 1 defense in all of college football last season, which has already seen two other player be selected in the first round. Hightower was both a Lombardi and Butkus Award finalist in his junior season.

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NFL Draft 2012: New England Patriots Trade-Up To No. 21, Take Chandler Jones

The New England Patriots made their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft sooner than expected Thursday, as they traded their No. 27-overall pick and a third-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to select Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. The Patriots still have the No. 31 overall pick in the draft.

Needed to bolster their pass-rush, the Patriots selected Jones (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) who may not come right in and be a producer but has a lot of upside. Since declaring for the draft in December, Jones has slowly worked his way up draft boards.

At Syracuse, Jones didn't compile great stats as he battled injuries throughout his collegiate career, but when he was in the lineup he was a force to be reckoned with.

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