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2012 NFL Draft Grades: The New England Patriots Get An 'A' From SB Nation

With all the experts handing out draft grades now that the 2012 NFL Draft has come to a close, our guys at SB Nation have jumped into the action.

Brad Wells on the SB Nation YouTube Channel gave the New England Patriots a ' B ' for their efforts this year.

2012 NFL Draft Grades and Analysis: AFC East Edition (via sbnation)

New England had two first round picks and actually traded up twice with them to take Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower from Alabama.

Wells is a big fan of Alfonzo Dennard who was taken in the seventh round. The Nebraska product was expected to be a second day pick before having an alleged dispute with a police officer shortly before the draft.

Wells also approves highly of the mindset going into the draft, which was clearly focused on improving the defense at all three levels.

Only the Patriots final selection was an offensive player, Jeremy Ebert, who will mostly see special team duties if he makes the team.

For more on the Patriots, please be sure to check out our blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston for all the latest news and updates.