The New England Patriots, those notorious bargain hunters, don't have the April arsenal we're accustomed to seeing from them. Come draft day, as it currently stands, the Patriots will have only five choices to use throughout seven rounds.
The number will likely change, but New England should nevertheless find itself being an active player on the free-agent market.
The Patriots will be in a good position once the final page of the 2012 season turns and the offseason begins. Unlike a few years ago, there is no major overhaul needed in Foxboro, no major identity shift that needs to be done quickly and on the fly.
The Patriots have the pieces in place to remain a Super Bowl contender for the next few years. They have proven players in several areas and improving youngsters to patch up the others.
What they need are players who can fill that one need they've had trouble developing solutions for. They don't need the Mario Williamses or Nnamdi Asomughas, players who (supposedly) turn teams around by themselves.
But the Patriots should eye some quick fixes. They're among the premier teams in the league as it is, but a little improvement can go a long way.