Patriots’ 2012 Draft Picks

Chandler Jones recorded 4.5 sacks and 38 tackles in seven games last season, and he's expected to give the Patriots' pass rush an immediate boost. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
First Round, 21st Overall: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse Chandler Jones recorded 4.5 sacks and 38 tackles in seven games last season, and he's expected to give the Patriots' pass rush an immediate boost. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Dont'a Hightower recorded 85 total tackles, including 11 for a loss and four sacks, for the Crimson Tide defense. Expect Bill Belichick to get the most out of his versatility. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
First Round, 25th Overall: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama Dont'a Hightower recorded 85 total tackles, including 11 for a loss and four sacks, for the Crimson Tide defense. Expect Bill Belichick to get the most out of his versatility. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The selection of Wilson was panned by almost every draft expert, so he'll have a lot to prove in the Patriots' defensive backfield. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Second Round, 48th Overall: Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois The selection of Wilson was panned by almost every draft expert, so he'll have a lot to prove in the Patriots' defensive backfield. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The 6-foot-5, 271-pound Bequette racked up 10 sacks in 10 games last year, and he provides the size and skill that Belichick loves on his D line. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Third Round, 90th overall: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas The 6-foot-5, 271-pound Bequette racked up 10 sacks in 10 games last year, and he provides the size and skill that Belichick loves on his D line. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Ebner is a former rugby player who walked on at Ohio State. He contributed mostly as a special teamer, but his work ethic and athleticism should find him a place on the Patriots. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Sixth Round, 197th Overall: Nate Ebner, DB, Ohio State Ebner is a former rugby player who walked on at Ohio State. He contributed mostly as a special teamer, but his work ethic and athleticism should find him a place on the Patriots. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Dennard was arrested a week before the Draft for allegedly assaulting a police officer, which resulted in a top-round talent sliding down the draft board. Provided he behaves, he could be a seventh-round steal for New England. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Seventh Round, 224th Overall: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska Dennard was arrested a week before the Draft for allegedly assaulting a police officer, which resulted in a top-round talent sliding down the draft board. Provided he behaves, he could be a seventh-round steal for New England. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
In his last two seasons at Northwestern, Ebert averaged 68.5 catches, 1,006.5 yards and 9.5 touchdowns. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Seventh Round, 235th Overall: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern In his last two seasons at Northwestern, Ebert averaged 68.5 catches, 1,006.5 yards and 9.5 touchdowns. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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