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Front-office playbook for Patriots

4/8/2014

As part of NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" program, a "front-office playbook" is dissected for each team. The Patriots were in the spotlight on Monday night, with Daniel Jeremiah and Curtis Conway analyzing some of the team's needs.

There will always be varying perspectives, as the NFL Network crew rates cornerback a bit higher than our view, and part of that is tied to the overall grouping of "secondary" in the analysis.

As part of an accompanying video, Jeremiah and Conway start at the tight end position, with Conway identifying Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a nice fit with an early-round pick. Texas Tech's Jace Amaro would be his fallback choice.

Jeremiah, in turn, focuses on two of the bigger running backs in the draft -- Ohio State's Carlos Hyde and LSU's Jeremy Hill -- as possible options at some point.

"Both guys can pound the ball inside and both are surprisingly good in the passing game," Jeremiah says, adding that interior offensive line could be another area of focus.

Both are in agreement that receiver is not a pressing need.

On defense, Conway eyes the front seven and pass-rush help, identifying Auburn defensive end Dee Ford as a solid choice. If the Patriots go bigger, Conway agrees that Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix looks like a prototypical Patriot.

Jeremiah then focuses on the secondary from a depth standpoint.