Just two wins away from a championship, the New England Patriots are currently locked in tunnel vision mode. It seems the collective energy of the Boston sports scene is honed in to Foxboro and ready to explode on Sunday afternoon.
However, that does not mean it is too early to look ahead to this team's promising future. The Patriots are among the youngest teams in the league, and so long as Tom Brady can fend off Father Time, the window of championship contention will remain wide open.
New England is in an enviable position, with few glaring deficiencies and a solid crew of young cost-controlled contributors to complement a veteran core. The Patriots will try to boost Brady's support system this May in the 2014 NFL draft, where New England has seven picks.
Yes, there will be a seemingly interminable stream of mock drafts before then. But while the season reaches its climax, consider this your first look ahead to the building of the 2014 Patriots. Here's an early evaluation of how the Patriots' ideal draft would unfold.