One of the first things NFL teams do after the draft is break down their roster by position to determine where they might need to sign rookie free agents to boost depth.
Here is the Patriots’ breakdown:
Quarterback (3) — A fourth arm would be ideal (Michigan State’s Brian Hoyer reportedly has signed).
Running back (5) — A sixth, and possibly seventh option is likely to be targeted.
Wide reciever (8) — Low numbers, especially considering third-round pick Brandon Tate is recovering from a knee injury. One or two pass-catchers will likely be added.
Tight end (5) — Stocked. Numbers could hold.
Offensive line (17) — Stocked. Numbers could hold (Kent State’s Jermail Porter has reportedly been invited to camp).
Defensive line (11) — Stocked. Numbers could hold
Inside linebacker (6) — One more option could be targeted (Virginia’s Antonio Appelby has agreed to a contract).
Outside linebacker (6) — One more option could be targeted.
Cornerback (6) — One or two more options could be targeted (Arkansas’ Jamar Love has reportedly agreed to a contract).
Safety (6) — One or two more options could be targeted (Kentucky’s Marcus McClinton has reportedly agreed to a contract).
Kicker (1) — Could bring in an extra leg if desired (e.g. Robbie Gould in 2005).
Punter (2) — Stocked. Numbers could hold.
Long snapper (2) — Stocked. Numbers could hold.