The New England Patriots are a model franchise. They have qualified for the playoffs in 10 of the past 12 seasons and won three Super Bowls over that span. But the natives are starting to get a bit restless without a championship since 2004.
New England lost to the eventual champions, the Baltimore Ravens, to end last season. Yet, there are plenty of fanbases around the NFL that would trade their current situation for the Patriots' inability to chase down another title.
The draft will be key to the team's success moving forward after an offseason already full of changes, most notably the departure of Wes Welker, who headed west to the Denver Broncos after being Tom Brady's favorite target for six seasons.
Even though the Patriots will enter next season as the AFC East favorite regardless of the remaining moves, their ability to get back to the Super Bowl depends on a few rookies making an impact. Let's examine the areas in which their draft picks should be used.