Projecting the New England Patriots' starting lineup prior to the 2014 NFL draft might seem like a fool's errand—the rookies will certainly change things—but it is an important exercise in determining strengths and weaknesses on the roster.
Finding the holes on the New England roster aren't tough to find, but balancing those needs with the talent available in the 2014 NFL draft isn't easy. Ideally, draft picks on Day 1 and Day 2 should challenge for a starting position. With a talented and deep roster, though, the Patriots could draft with some future wants and needs in mind.
Here is my projection for each position's starter, along with a possible upgrade that could be found early on in the 2014 NFL draft.