The Patriots need to hit on a receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft who will make an instant impact. But as ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss pointed out Sunday, history tells us not to assume the Patriots will pull it off.
» 2002: Deion Branch (second), David Givens (second)
» 2003: Bethel Johnson (second)
» 2004: P.K. Sam (fifth)
» 2006: Chad Jackson (second)
» 2008: Matt Slater (fifth)
» 2009: Brandon Tate (third), Julian Edelman (seventh)
» 2010: Taylor Price (third)
» 2012: Jeremy Ebert (seventh)
As things stand, the Patriots will have just five picks when they enter Radio City Music Hall in New York. The events of Sunday make it highly probably the Patriots will use one of their first two picks on a wide receiver -- perhaps both.
As you can see, Belichick never has taken a wideout with his first-round pick. Will that change in the 2013 NFL Draft?
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