As part of this slow time on the NFL calendar, when we'll be taking a break to recharge for the 2014 season, we introduce the pre-produced "checking the locks" series in which we analyze the players on the New England Patriots' roster who are "locks" to stick. Today, it's defensive ends.
Trying to get in the door: Jake Bequette
ANALYSIS: Some might view it as a surprise that Moore, the sixth-round pick from Concordia-St. Paul (198th overall), is viewed as a "sure-fire" lock when it's possible he doesn't play much in 2014. But the feeling here is Moore was selected with a two-year plan in mind (he comes from a lower level of competition) and he is a sure-fire lock based on his top physical traits and testing results (e.g. 10-yard split). He's an intriguing prospect to monitor over the next two years, as first-year defensive line coach Brendan Daly will be one of the main staffers working with him on development. Buchanan, the 2013 seventh-round pick, showed some upside as a pass-rusher and has a significant role on special teams, while the presence of 11-year veteran Will Smith potentially puts 2012 third-round pick Jake Bequette on the outside looking in if everyone is healthy.