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Defensive tackle is one position where most fans and media alike agree needs some attention this offseason. However, before injuries beset the front four, it was actually considered a strength.
Chris Jones—pass rush—and Sealver Siliga—stopping the run—each have defined their roles this season. With Wilfork, Kelly and possibly Armond Armstead returning to the team in 2014, Joe Vellano might be the odd man out.
Vellano eats up space and works as hard as anyone on the field. That said, he just doesn't have a trait that helps him stand out. He isn't a great run-stuffer, but is occasionally successful putting pressure on the quarterback.
If the Patriots want to add some competition through the draft, Ryan Carrethers (DL, Arkansas State) is a mid-round prospect that should fit New England's defensive scheme.