If the past few drafts are any indication, we can expect the Pats to get significant contributions from a number of rookies—and not just the ones they spend draft picks on. Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower and Alfonzo Dennard are just a few rookies who immediately stepped onto the game field in their first seasons, while Joe Vellano, Dane Fletcher and Kenbrell Thompkins are three undrafted players who made impacts in their first seasons.
This year's draft class is full of players at positions the Patriots need most—interior offensive line, defensive tackle and tight end. But how the Pats attack their draft board will depend on where the best value is. That's a core tenet of the Bill Belichick draft philosophy.
Here are 10 prospects every Patriots fan needs to know, because there's a good chance at least one of them ends up having his name called by New England at Radio City Music Hall in early May.