10. Aqib Talib
A bigger, more talented, and more confident cornerback than the Patriots are accustomed to, Talib is pivotal to the team’s secondary, which finished a paltry 29th overall in pass defense last season.
Talib allows the team to leave him on an island at times, freeing up the secondary to focus on movement over the middle of the field or help elsewhere. Without Talib, Patriots safeties have to be more conscious of a larger field with average defenders spread throughout.