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Weekly Patriots mail is delivered

Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics:

1. Rating the need for a running back and how early to select a player at that position.

2. A closer look at trade scenarios in the draft.

3. Shining the spotlight on Pittsburgh's Jabaal Sheard as a better fit for the Patriots than Akeem Ayers and Justin Houston.

4. Tom Brady, his role in the labor dispute, and the future.

5. Patriots Hall of Fame chatter.