During his tenure at the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has rarely given much responsibility to a rookie. There are, of course, exceptions such as Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty, as well as last year when Nate Solder was required to start due to a number of injuries.
Belichick rarely gives rookies much to do due to the complexities of the Patriots' offense and defense, something that he obviously feels rookies aren't able to grasp straight away. It is for this same reason Belichick believes that players have their biggest increase in play between their first and second years.
While this has been the case for a while, this year's group of rookie players may end up playing significant snaps for the Patriots. Needs on defense as well as the calibre of players drafted may call for Belichick to forgive momentary mental lapses for potential game-changing plays.
Here's how I project the Patriots' rookies for the upcoming season.