His view on the Patriots is that it starts at safety. He then puts receiver and cornerback next on the list.
"Despite the Patriots' reputation as a perennial power, there are numerous needs here, with wide receiver and safety appearing the most glaring," Polian writes.
The piece sparked the thought that 2012 second-round draft choice Tavon Wilson remains a wild card in the eyes of many.
Wilson, drafted 48th overall, played 42.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Because of that, he received some beneficial on-the-job training, much more than we saw Patrick Chung receive in his rookie season (20.5 percent) back in 2009. The higher playing-time total for Wilson came as a result of filling in for injured starters and playing the "money" linebacker-type role in the dime package. He finished with 48 tackles and four interceptions, although one of his more notable plays came as part of a deep-field coverage breakdown that led to a last-minute loss to the Seahawks on Oct. 14.
Is Wilson a long-term answer at safety?
The answer will be a significant factor on whether the Patriots view the position as a top need, as Polian does. The club returns starters Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory, with Wilson third on the depth chart at this time. McCourty thrived at the position after a midseason position switch, while the coaching staff seems to place a high value on Gregory's intelligence.
The 2013 draft is viewed as deep at safety, and one wonders where Wilson -- who was considered by many a surprise pick by the Patriots last year -- would fall in this year's class.
His development ties directly to whether the Patriots draft another safety this year.