With the team's top-two wide receivers from the 2012 season, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, no longer with the team, it seems inevitable that the Patriots will come out of this draft with at least one receiver.
But the Patriots don't always draft for need over value.
It's also important to remember that the defense still remains the team's weakest link (the offense still has Tom Brady after all), so talent will likely be added to that side of the ball as well.
Trade Scenario (h/t NEPatriotsDraft.com for the idea):
In this mock draft the Patriots decide to trade their first-round pick (No. 29 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for their second-round (No. 35 overall) and fourth-round pick (No. 101 overall).
The Eagles may be interested in acquiring a quarterback like Matt Barkley or EJ Manuel or perhaps Florida International strong safety Jonathan Cyprien, all of whom they've shown interest in. So, the trade makes sense for them.
The Patriots acknowledge the minimal talent gap between the first and second round and decide to take the extra pick given their limited draft arsenal.
Without further ado, let's take a look at how the draft could potentially play out for the Pats.