Why The Patriots Will Regret It
The New England secondary is imposing. Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Devin Mccourty, Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard and others will make it hard for opponents to get open. That said, even talented corners can't cover receivers forever.
Veterans like Jared Allen—now a Chicago Bear—and DeMarcus Ware—now a Denver Bronco—were passed on, despite Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich being the only consistent pass-rushing options on New England's defense in 2013. Neutralize them—or if one suffers an injury—and opponents are going to carve up the secondary no matter how much of an upgrade you've applied.
Why They Won't
There are some options to explore on the current roster, Jake Bequette being chief among them. If he can't find the field in preseason, I don't see him making the 53-man roster again. Jamie Collins is another possible edge-rusher, but he can only be used there if the Patriots add another coverage linebacker.
In the 2014 NFL draft, there are some expensive options—Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack will be first-round picks—and some value options. Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton and Auburn defensive end Dee Ford are two talented rushers that will be available in New England's range of picks.