Cornering the market

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When the Patriots re-signed Leigh Bodden in March, one reason I looked at it as a good move — outside of Bodden being a very solid player — was that it would give the Patriots more freedom with the four picks they held among the Top 53 in this draft.

So much for that.

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New England took Devin McCourty out of Rutgers. Yup, another corner. Here are the bigger investments the Patriots have made at the position in the last 24 months …

April 2008: Selected Terrence Wheatley (62nd overall) and Jonathan Wilhite (129th overall) in the 2008 draft.

March 2009: Signed free agents Leigh Bodden (1 year, $2.25 million) and Shawn Springs (3 years, $11 million).

April 2009: Selected Darius Butler (41st overall) in the 2009 draft.

March 2010: Re-signed Bodden to a four-year, $22 million deal.

April 2010: Selected McCourty (27th overall) in the 2010 draft.

… That’s a lot of capital (and not including more minor moves like the acquisition of Deltha O’Neal) spent on one position for a team that now has a lot of needs. As I’ve said a few times now, if McCoutry becomes a Pro Bowler, then the pick’s fine. Anything less, and someone like Dez Bryant or Jerry Hughes could wind up making this one look really bad.

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