2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Players the New England Patriots Should Target

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2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Players the New England Patriots Should Target
Associated Press

Broncos 26, Patriots 16.

It's a score that still stings in Foxboro. Losing to Denver in last season's AFC Championship has left a bad taste in the mouths of Patriots players and fans, so much so that the front office has uncharacteristically engaged in matching the Broncos tit-for-tat with high-profile free-agent signings thus far this offseason.

But perhaps the best avenue for New England to bolster its roster for another run at the Lombardi Trophy is yet to come—the draft.

Having already filled in gaps at cornerback and wide receiver in free agency, the Pats now look to this year's draft class to address emerging needs at tight end, offensive line and the front seven—not to mention the cloudy outlook of the quarterback position in a post-Brady future.

Which players should New England target? Here's a look a five names that could have both immediate and lasting impact on the roster.

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