New England Patriots Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up
The Patriots still have ample time to polish their roster by releasing players to trim down to the 53-man limit by the beginning of the season. The Patriots have plenty of time to fill up their roster and create competition for each position. After the first few waves of free agency and the NFL Draft, the Patriots still have some question marks on their roster.
1. Running Back
The Patriots have eight running backs signed to the roster as of today with LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden being the top three. The Patriots could very well use this three headed running attack successfully but the Patriots still have not addressed this position despite signing former first round pick Donald Brown. The lack of talent at this position was severely exposed during the Patriots AFC Championship loss to Denver. Although the Patriots did not draft a running back, they did re-sign Blount. The Patriots should still address this position to find a feature running back if they want to be successful.
2. Offensive Line
The Patriots used two draft picks on offensive lineman when they drafted Ted Karras and Joe Thuney. The Patriots may need as much depth as possible because the rotation of different offensive lineman throughout the season was a downfall for the Patriots in 2016.
The Patriots may also want to add more depth at defensive back as well as wide receiver, but it is not a glaring need for the team as the additions of Cyrus Jones at defensive back and Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Devin Lucien at wide receiver have given the Patriots more depth.
Michael Perry is an AFCE writer for Pro Football Spot. Find him on Twitter @TheReal_MPerry.