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INDIANAPOLIS — After the Super Bowl, I was asked to write a column comparing the Saints and the Patriots, the team I previously covered for four years.

In doing that comparison, I noted the Patriots have had nearly 30 more draft picks than New Orleans since 2006. Like many other teams, fans and media often complain about how many players New England misses on in the draft, but the sheer volume of picks helps disguise the impact of some of those misses.

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