The New England Patriots spent the short offseason grabbing up as much talent as possible. They started with the draft, where they picked up top names such as Nate Solder and Ryan Mallett, and then again hit it big with two big trades to start the new year and then most recently added some former big name pass rushers.
The Patriots are one of the teams who can bring in talent and have the support staff to make most of those pickups.
The Patriots took gambles on some of their pickups as well. Mallett had "character concerns." Albert Haynesworth has a well-documented history with effort in Washington. Chad Ochocinco has made a bigger name for himself lately with his off-the-field ventures.
Somehow these pickups always turn out to either be successful or the kiss of death for a player's career. It seems that the Patriots are the NFL's ultimate pass/fail course. Pass and you have the chance to play for a championship contender; fail, and you might be out of a job for good. Here are the best and worst of this season's new crop of players.