With the Patriots taking a league high 10 draft picks last weekend, it begs an interesting question. Were the 10 picks actually taken due to: (1.) Recognizing and taking full advantage of an exceptional talent-laden draft year class; (2.) Re-stocking the team with low-priced personnel who can be signed up for a bunch of years; (3.) Does the noticeable absence of horse-trading this year's draft picks into more and better picks for next year suggest the Belichick-Pioli regime is quietly planning on cashing in their chips with a three year horizon?; or (4.) Were the 10 picks driven more because they were forced to draft the 2 comp. picks in RD 6? My opinion: Item #1: Should be a legitimate factor as the 2006 Draft recognized as a good one; Item#2: Their excellent cap management history would tend to discount that as they are in good shape team salary-wise; Item #3: This item should be examined closely as none (0) of the 9 eligible picks were swapped into next year's draft which could suggest a forget-the-future-go-for-it-now 3 year window stategy; Item#4: Not a big factor as they had 5 other picks in rounds 4-7 to bargain with.