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From the Hart: If at 1st they don't succeed…

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Let me explain. Beyond having a pair of first-round selections in April's upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, New England has also gone about signing free agent former first-round picks this offseason.

That trend continued on Thursday when the team announced the signing of former Dallas' first-round pick and Ohio State versatile linebacker Bobby Carpenter.

Including Carpenter the Patriots have now signed five former first-round picks this offseason. That list includes former Raiders No. 2 overall pick Robert Gallery, Colts first-rounder Anthony Gonzalez, a second time around with Donte Stallworth and Will Allen.

As of today the Patriots have 10 former first-round picks on the roster. That doesn't include three current unrestricted free agents who played with the team last year – Andre Carter, Shaun Ellis and Gerard Warren.

Hey, maybe one team's (or in some cases a few teams') first-round trash is Bill Belichick's free agent gold!

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