5 2014 NFL Draft Picks That Could Be Opening Game Starters for the Patriots

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5 2014 NFL Draft Picks That Could Be Opening Game Starters for the Patriots
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Playoff teams in the NFL—including the New England Patriots—don't expect many draft picks to become starters for the opening game of the season. Precious few situations on the depth chart allow a rookie to come in and compete for a starting position.

It takes the right prospect, combined with a fortunate—or unfortunate, if you are the veteran in some situations—set of circumstances to see a rookie's name and picture on the screen at the start of a game.

Here are five prospects who could find themselves on the field at the onset of Week 1—and the situations that might make it happen.

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