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The New England Patriots receiver group of Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce are ready to lead—health willing—the offense in 2014. However, the depth in the 2014 NFL draft wide receiver class might make it hard for Belichick to pass on adding another young receiver.
While the impressive Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Mike Evans (Texas A&M) are probably out of reach, another 12-15 receivers could be major contributors as rookies.
Marqise Lee (USC) will surely make it to trade-up territory, while the shifty and speedy Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) might be on the board when pick No. 29 comes around.
On Day 2 of the draft, Brandon Coleman (Rutgers), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), Paul Richardson (Colorado), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State), Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU) and Davante Adams (Fresno State) all have the ability to fill a niche in an NFL offense.
On Day 3, value picks like Allen Robinson (Penn State), Jarvis Landry (LSU), Cody Latimer (Indiana), Michael Campanaro (Wake Forest), Bruce Ellington (South Carolina) and Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss) could make the 53-man roster as rookies.
If the Patriots feel like they need an upgrade at the position, they will have ample opportunities to select some young talent.