Current Personnel: Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Jonathan Fanene, Gerard Warren, Brandon Deaderick, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace, Alex Silvestro, Marcus Harrison, Marcus Forston
This is a tricky evaluation to make without knowing for sure which scheme the Patriots will be running defensively in 2012. For the sake of this exercise I assumed a 4-3 would be the team's base set, in which case this unit would be the traditional defensive lineman, and the next slide is made up of the edge-type pass-rushing members of the line.
The Patriots have great depth on the defensive line, but no true stud other than Wilfork. The line has come a long way since they lined up all first-round picks on the line in Seymour, Wilfork, and Warren.
Love is a good young player and there are a few other solid players like Warren, Pryor and Deaderick, but just no true standout.
Fanene, a free agent acquisition from the Bengals, could become a good inside disruptive presence in the mold of former Patriot Mike Wright. He should be a key contributor for the team in 2012.
Brace could be on his way off the roster if he does not stay healthy and have a good training camp. He has been a failure thus far after being a second-round pick back in the 2009 draft.
Additionally, Silvestro, Harrison and Forston are all long shots to be a part of the final roster.
This team will not lose because of this line, but at the same time, it will not win them many games.