The New England Patriots' roster has a young core of talented players, sprinkled with veteran leadership and experience. When putting together a mock draft for New England, you don't need to build for the future, you need to find players who can come in as rookies and perform in roles carved out for them by the coaching staff.
There may be many talented players in the 2014 NFL draft that the Patriots' coaches just can't envision a role for or would perform a task already taken by a member of the current roster. If they can't provide an upgrade on a current roster position, it is doubtful they'll hear their name called by New England.
Here are seven players who could instantly contribute as rookies in New England.