The additional two-week delay to the 2014 NFL draft has not been well-received by most football fans, but the interminable waiting period is almost over. This weekend, teams will address their personnel needs during the final major piece of the offseason puzzle and the framework for the 2014 season will be in place.
With eight picks and one of the league's deeper rosters, the New England Patriots are in an enviable position. While the Pats certainly have areas that need additional depth or long-term solutions, Bill Belichick and Co. will not need to telegraph their intentions, as they did last year following catastrophic wide receiver defection.
The Patriots are among the most unpredictable teams in the league, and with no glaring needs, prognostication of their draft plans only becomes more difficult. Note that these projections also do not include any trades. With excellent depth in this year's draft class, it would not be surprising to see the Patriots deal around and compile plenty of picks from Rounds 2-4.
Keeping those caveats in mind, here's one guess at how the draft will unfold in Foxboro.