FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots wrapped up their 2012 draft class Saturday, taking two more defensive players and an offensive player who projects as a slot receiver.
The day was not without a trade from New England, which found a new favorite draft-weekend trade partner in Green Bay. On Friday night, the Patriots traded a second second-round pick, 62d overall, to the Packers and received third- and fifth-round picks (90th and 163d) in return.
On Saturday, when the Patriots were on the clock at No. 163 for what at the time was their only pick of the day, they traded the selection back to Green Bay. This time, they got one sixth and two seventh-round picks, Nos. 197, 224, and 235 overall.
And with those picks they selected defensive back Nate Ebner of Ohio State, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard of Nebraska, and receiver Jeremy Ebert of Northwestern.
All told, New England drafted seven players, six on the defensive side of the ball. At this early juncture, first-round picks Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower, and third-rounder Jake Bequette would be the most likely choices to be big contributors this fall.
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