While many NFL teams approach the draft with the intention of remaking themselves, the Patriots approach it with the intention of completing themselves. It's this fundamental difference that gives the Patriots their strange (and occasionally frustrating) method for picking new blood.
For New England, the draft is a practical operation. Less of a shout, more of a whisper. They want new guys who will fit into their established structure. They want versatile players who can fill multiple roles. More importantly, they want intelligent young men who will adhere to the discipline of the Patriot Way, both on and off the field.
With these unorthodox needs comes a very idiosyncratic method of evaluating talent. Sometimes, it's abstract in nature. Other times, it'll try your patience. But, at the end of the day, all the complexities of Bill Belichick's mad method boil down to a simple goal: Winning it all.
Here are stat projections for New England's seven selections from the 2013 NFL draft.