The New England Patriots returned to the mountaintop this past season, bringing home the 4th Super Bowl championship of the Brady/Belichick era. The Patriots will look to keep the good vibes going after a rough start to free agency, targeting the 2015 NFL Draft as the perfect way to bring reinforcements to the roster. Here's who they're targeting to help them make a repeat run through the playoffs next year:
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olamu, Oregon
New England lost both of their starting corners - Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner - in free agency, so their quest to upgrade their secondary will a focal point through the draft as they try to find someone who can provide some stability to the unit, and Ekpre-Olamu could be that guy. He was the unquestioned top corner in the draft before he tore his ACL, which has dropped his stock out of the first round. As a result, the Patriots could get a steal by nabbing a much-needed, top-notch cornerback in the second or third round.
New England needs to add some depth to their aging offensive line, and it looks likely that they'll turn to the draft to address their need for talent at the position. Tomlinson would fit in as a skilled, intelligent player who should be able to start right away as a rookie and have a long career.
The Patriots need to find a sure-handed receiver they can rely on to play on the outside, but they can afford to wait and take a wideout in the middle of the draft because of the depth this class has. Hardy, the NCAA’s all-time leader in receptions, is one of the most reliable options in the draft and won’t be a locker room headache.
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