Regardless of how the New England Patriots' season ended in 2010, the team still reached a high level of success. In a rebuilding year, the Patriots went 14-2, beating the Bears, Colts, Jets, Packers, Ravens and Steelers (four of these teams made it to their conference championships). The team also accomplished winning the AFC East for the second consecutive year, had the league's best record on the season and set the record for the least turnovers in the NFL history with only 10.
Not only was the 2010 season a success, the New England Patriots had their best draft in the past decade. Their first round selection, cornerback Devin McCourty, had an elite year with seven interceptions and was selected to the Pro Bowl. McCourty is making a strong run for the Rookie of the Year award.
In the second and fourth round, the Patriots stole tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Both tight ends had at least six touchdown receptions and have promising careers ahead of them in the New England organization.
Now that the Patriots' season has ended a little bit earlier than they hoped, it's time to take a look at some of the position's the Patriots must address before the 2011 season starts.
The Patriots stocked up on draft picks in the 2011 NFL Draft, having two first-round selections, two second-round selections and two third-round selections. Bill Belichick and the front office will have to use them wisely on these five positions if they want to return to the postseason in 2011 and bring home a Lombardi Trophy.