(Third in a position-by-position look at the Patriots leading into the draft)
Personnel: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Joey Galloway, Greg Lewis, Matthew Slater, Sam Aiken, Ray Ventrone
Short-term need: Answers at No. 3. The Patriots' base offense is a three-receiver set, and Jabar Gaffney -- who was on the field for 66 percent of the snaps in 2008 -- has signed with Denver. So filling the void at the No. 3 receiver spot, with Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis top candidates, is the top question.
Long-term need: Moderate-to-high. Galloway is on a one-year deal. Moss is signed through the 2010 season, while Welker and Lewis are inked through 2011.
Quick hit: At first glance, the depth doesn't look as good as it did in 2007, when the roster included Moss, Welker, Gaffney and Donte Stallworth as the top four pass-catchers. The Patriots would presumably like to come out of the draft with a prospect who could develop into a No. 3 option by 2010.
Prospects that could be on the radar in the draft or rookie free agency: Brooks Foster (North Carolina), Brian Hartline (Ohio State), Juaquin Iglesias (Oklahoma), Mohamed Massaquoi (Georgia), Louis Murphy (Florida), Brian Robiskie (Ohio State), Brandon Tate (North Carolina), Pat White (West Virginia)
* Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide used as reference