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Breaking down where picks might fit for Patriots

After three days, the Patriots spread out their seven picks to help round out their roster, mostly on the defensive side.

It doesn’t appear the group will make as big an impact as last year’s class, but circumstances will dictate that. Last year, the Patriots had two first-round picks and both defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont’a Hightower emerged as starters by the season opener. Later, because of injuries, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard ascended to a starting role.

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