But for the time being, the Patriots just have those chances to upgrade their team with college talent. And even at 10-4 and looking like a true Super Bowl contender, there are areas in certain need of that upgrade.
The defense, while improved, is still far from a top-caliber unit. The Patriots need help defending the pass. The offensive line can use reinforcements. The wide receiver corps can stand to be addressed.
So the issue isn't whether the Patriots need fixing, but where. And when.
Currently, the Patriots have selections in the first, second and third rounds, as well as two in the seventh. There's a gaping hole in the fourth, fifth and six rounds, the "value" area where teams try to steal players, and that's been an area where the Patriots have tended to reside.
But if New England stays put, here are players who could make sense in a Patriots uniform.