New England Patriots: Complete 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-Up and Analysis

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New England Patriots: Complete 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-Up and Analysis
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Dominique Easley highlighted the Patriots 2014 draft class.

The New England Patriots entered the draft with a largely complete roster.  Yes, the Pats had holes, but with depth and youth at nearly every position, the Pats could afford to opt for long-term upside rather than short-term plugs.

The Pats ended up choosing the former route, as the majority of their 2014 NFL draft class consists of raw but talented players capable of contributing in 2015 and beyond.  Pats fans may be frustrated that Bill Belichick and Co. did not seek out immediate help to maximize Tom Brady's twilight years, but reinforcing future needs before they arise is never a bad practice.

Therefore, it's better to view this class through a forward-looking lens.  The rookie class might have a negligible impact on, say, the Week 1 game in Miami.  The true value will arrive later, when the Patriots should theoretically have fewer needs due to their proactive mindset this past weekend.

With that in mind, let's examine the best and worst of the New England draft class, and where that leaves the Patriots headed into the end of the 2014 offseason.

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