New England Patriots' 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

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New England Patriots' 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling
Jason DeCrow/Associated Press
The New England Patriots are hoping QB Jimmy Garoppolo (above) will not make any major contributions to the team for a little while.

The New England Patriots were on the doorstep of the Super Bowl, but with their nine picks over the weekend, they chose to take the long view to keeping their franchise successful rather than the short view to get over the hump and win now.

That could mean we'll be talking about this draft as one of the bigger success stories in a few years, after these players have had an opportunity to develop and finally get their crack at a starting job. It could also mean we'll be talking about this class in terms of what could have been and the possibility that none of these players have made major contributions to the team in a year or two.

They clearly identified their needs as the defensive and offensive lines, with trench players accounting for five of the nine picks total. Will those players find a fit in New England, or will they spend the majority of their career on the sideline?

Here's a look at the good, bad and baffling from the Patriots' 2014 draft haul.

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