Monday, April 29, 2013
Post-draft Patriots roster reset
By Field Yates
With the NFL draft now over, let's reset the Patriots roster with a projected depth chart at each position. Depth charts are always fluid, and we expect these to change in the coming weeks and months as we learn more about the additions to the roster and their roles.
NFL rosters can include up to 90 players at this juncture of the offseason, and the Patriots likely will add another crop of undrafted free agents in the coming days. For now, only those confirmed by ESPNBoston.com are included.
Including our confirmed undrafted free agents, the Patriots roster currently stands at 73 players, leaving room for 17 additions.
Quick hit: Mankins anchors the line with his toughness, while Connolly, Cannon and Nick McDonald have unique positional versatility. Cannon could still work at tackle, but the addition of Svitek allows the team to try him inside more.
Quick hit: The top trio is a holdover group from 2012, and Ryan may compete for time in sub-packages as a rookie. Dowling, despite a track record of injuries, remains an intriguing player because of his size.
Quick hit: It’s easy to peg McCourty as one starter, but more difficult to decipher who will align next to him in base defenses. With the addition of Wilson in free agency and Harmon, the third safety drafted in two years, the Patriots have a nice blend of youth and experience.