NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Now that the first wave of free agency has come and gone, we now have a clearer picture of what the Patriots are going to look like going into the draft. The Patriots have lost a lot of players from key roles on both offensive and defense and have not done anything to fill those needs. Obviously, there will be pieces still added, but the big name free agents have signed their massive contracts elsewhere and unless the Patriots make a shocking trade, the players that are brought in are more role players than impact players. That means filling holes and adding talent through the draft. In years past, the Patriots have gone into the draft without glaring needs to fill. This has allowed them to stick to their board and pick the players they liked the best regardless of position. From an outside perspective, this year seems a little different. Can the Patriots stick to their board and still add players at positions of need? Here is my view on how the draft might play out and you tell me if this would make you happy as a Patriots fan.