The Biggest Questions for Patriots Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft

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The Biggest Questions for Patriots Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft
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This offseason, the New England Patriots have chosen to focus primarily on their own internal free agents thus far.

Despite swapping Danny Amendola for Wes Welker and signing veteran safety Adrian Wilson, their biggest moves have been bringing back Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Sebastian Vollmer, who all project to be returning starters and ensure a level of continuity from 2012.

While the Pats were able to solve one of their biggest personnel voids at cornerback with these moves, their needs at defensive tackle, defensive end and wide receiver remain as large, if not larger, than they were at the start of free agency.

While they have added depth players such as Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins at the receiver position, the departure of Welker and release of Brandon Lloyd has left the Pats with no returning starters, not to mention a true outside threat that the team badly needs.

The Patriots always like to have their needs filled by the draft, but with limited cap space left and a shrinking free-agency market, it appears they'll still have some left by the the time the first name is called at Radio City Music Hall.

Here are the biggest questions the Pats will have to answer in New York City.

 

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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