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Czar's team-by-team NFL Draft grades

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New England Patriots

There is no question the Patriots were uncharacteristically deficient on defense last season. Consequently, Bill Belichick decided to fix it and had the ammunition to do it. Give the man credit for stockpiling draft picks. With their two first-round selections, Belichick took Syracuse edge pass rusher Chandler Jones, then grabbed multi-purpose linebacker Dont'a Hightower from Alabama. Both of these guys should be interesting chess pieces in the New England scheme, especially with Jerod Mayo in the middle. Hightower figures to line up all over the field. ... Illinois safety Tavon Wilson has solid speed and fills other needs, too. ... Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette is a try-hard rusher with a big motor. Bequette can be effective in certain situationals and impressively worked as a stand-up rusher at the Senior Bowl. Grade: A

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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