New England Patriots: Looking to Draft, Five Positions That Need Most Improvement

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New England Patriots: Looking to Draft, Five Positions That Need Most Improvement

As the Patriots begin their offseason a little bit early, there won't be much time for the coaches and personnel people to collect their thoughts before thoughts of 2010 begin to take over.

The draft is just three months away. Twelve weeks. That's all.

But 2009 was a year that showed the Patriots have a lot of work to do. Some would call 2010 a rebuilding year.

In truth, the Patriots have had to rebuild since the first week of 2008 when Tom Brady injured his knee. That took, basically, the last two effective years of the group that won three Super Bowls.

Now Brady is still around, obviously, but the Patriots have several areas that, in the last 18 months, have been rebooted or are now looking in need of some serious TLC before next season begins.

Beyond a few rare cases (as the picture above should illustrate), I'm not going to list many specific players that I think the Patriots should target.

There's a lot to be written and done before draft day and how a player works through that process is a big part of how I evaluate guys going forward.

I'll take a few stabs here and there, but largely we'll talk less about who the Patriots will go after than what they should be looking for and what they have currently.

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