The New England Patriots are fresh off a season in which they came up just short of making it to the Super Bowl and the team has a few needs that they'll need to address this offseason. The Patriots have limited cap space and only a free agents that could leave. New England might not make many waves in free agency, and they'll likely focus instead on the NFL Draft.
Not having a first round pick hurts, but the team will be able to add a few players in the draft. With that in mind, here are 4 Positions Of Need The Patriots Should Address In The NFL Draft:
4. Defensive Tackle
The Patriots aren't in desperate need of a defensive tackle. Malcolm Brown played solidly in his first year, and Alan Branch is a solid veteran. But Akiem Hicks is a free agent the team wants, but might not be able, to bring back. Dominque Easley is talented, but can't stay healthy. A mid-to-late day three pick could be spent on the spot.
3. Running Back
LeGarrette Blount is a free agent and might not return. Dion Lewis is a great pass-catching back, but the team needs someone more reliable as a feature back. There will be several running backs the team could take early on Day 3 or late on Day 2. Free agency might be the way the Pats end up addressing this need.
2. Wide Receiver
The Patriots need to find Tom Brady a reliable WR that isn't an undersized slot weapon. There will be a few options in the NFL Draft and the team could spend a second or third round pick on the spot. Given Bill Belichick's affinity for Rutgers players, Leonte Carroo could be an option.
1. Offensive Line
The Patriots need to find help at across the offensive line. The entire unit struggled and a new body or two is needed. If there's a quality player on the board in Round 2, the Patriots should pull the trigger, regardless of position. For more Patriots coverage, download the Chat Sports Android and iPhone app.