With NFL Free Agency underway, the trickle-down effect it will have on NFL Draft boards across the league will be significant, and as the New England Patriots finalize their board, we'll be doing the same here.
The Patriots also re-signed Aqib Talib, Sebastian Vollmer, and Kyle Arrington, and added return specialist Leon Washington, former-Bills receiver Donald Jones, receiver Michael Jenkins, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and safety Adrian Wilson. Linebacker Niko Koutivides and tackle Will Svitek were also signed for depth.
This is our third year of a Patriots-only big board (2011, 2012) and it's always a fun exercise finding specific players who fit the Patriots. This is our attempt at the prospects that best fit the Patriots' needs and wants.
It's a fluid list, so we hope to hear from readers about prospects we might be missing or should take a closer look at, but if there's a high-ranking prospect missing chances are it's for a reason.
The rankings will continue to evolve until the draft, so check back early and often as the Patriots true needs come into focus over the coming weeks of Free Agency, here's our Patriots-centric Draft Board...
Note - Runningback and Tight End are not included as the Pats' overall depth is outstanding there, especially with the addition of Leon Washington and retention of Hoomanawanui.
Players bolded in the positional rankings signify those viewed as the best Patriots' value.