The 12-4 New England Patriots are focused on punching a ticket to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. But not far behind on the franchise's to-do list is the 2013 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
It is there where the Patriots have been able to build for both the future and present. By selecting NFL-ready prospects who can contend for starting jobs right out of training camp, New England has made the playoffs every year since 2008.
Just from last years' draft class, five of seven Patriots selections have made their impact felt in one way or another. Defensive end Chandler Jones, outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard have quickly become starters for New England. And even safeties Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner have carved out niche roles as depth guys.
While it may be hard to look past the impending postseason, it's time to look ahead at who could be on the field for the Patriots next season.
The Patriots have just five picks in the 2013 draft, so don't be surprised if they wheel and deal—they usually do. But if Coach Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio opt to stay put, here are some prospects who could be reeled into Foxborough.