By the end of the 2012 season the New England Patriots featured three rookie "starters" on defense in Dont'a Hightower, Chandler Jones and Alfonzo Dennard, along with two other rookies who saw time in their sub defense in Tavon Wilson and Justin Francis.
Bill Belichick catches plenty of criticism for his draft misfires, but he certainly got some guys who can play defense in the last draft.
That also doesn't include Brandon Bolden, who flashed some powerful running early in the season, but declined after coming back from his suspension.
The Patriots have recently been finding a lot of rookies who can come in and contribute immediately. Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Devin McCourty and Brandon Spikes are just a few who saw significant action in their first years.
Which 2013 draft prospects could come to New England and instantly make an impact?
Let's take a look at 10 guys who could make the jump.