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Bill Belichick and the Pats need to look to their defense in the draft

If the Patriots improve their defense Bill Belichick might look happier next Super Bowl than he does in this Feb. 5, 2012 photo. Belichick is watching his team in the first half against the New York Giants during Superbowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by: Zumapress/Icon SMI

Even though the New England Patriots made it to the Super Bowl last year the team has a lot to fix this off season

The Pats offense was great on the whole but the the team lacked a strong deep threat which prevented them from capitalizing fully on the strength of Tom Brady's arm. In addition the team's defense – if you can really call it that – was dreadful. Though the defense improved somewhat in the playoffs it finished the regular season ranked 31st in pass defense. It was one of the worst defensive units to ever play in the playoffs no less the Super Bowl.

So far this off season the Patriots have already moved to add a deep threat on offense by signing wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd will be reunited with Josh McDaniels who is now the Pats OC and who was the head coach of the Denver Broncos the year Lloyd had a career year logging 77 receptions on the way to a league leading 1,448 yards receiving.

Despite the offensive improvements the Pats still need to fill many roster spots on defense. In particular they need to improve their anemic secondary. The Pats have six picks in the upcoming draft and two in the first round. Historically Bill Belichick likes to wheel and deal on draft day and its hard to predict what he'll do. However, whatever he does Belichick will be operating with an eye towards defense. Belichick has a background as a defensive coordinator and he can't be happy with his team's performance last year.

With the addition of wide receiver Lloyd the Pats should have a potent deep threat next year, if they can field a respectable defense they'll be an even more dangerous team than normal in 2012.

What do you think? Who should the Pats pick in the draft?

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