2013 New England Patriots Rookie Class
2nd Round: Jamie Collins, Outside Linebacker
2nd Round: Aaron Dobson, Wide Receiver
3rd Round: Logan Ryan, Cornerback
3rd Round: Duron Harmon, Strong Safety
4th Round: Josh Boyce, Wide Receiver
7th Round: Michael Buchanan, DE/Outside Linebacker
7th Round: Steve Beauharnais, Linebacker
Free Agent Rookies
TJ Moe, Wide Receiver
Joe Vellano, Defensive Tackle
Zach Sudfield, Tight End
Cory Grissom, Defensive Tackle
Matt Stankiewitch, Center
Kenbrell Thompkins, Wide Receiver
Ryan Allen, Punter
Quentin Hines, Running Back
Brandon Ford, Tight End
Stephon Morris, Cornerback
Elvis Fisher, Offensive Tackle
Chris McDonald, Guard
Brandon Jones, Cornerback
Joe Kline, Offensive Lineman
Kanorris Davis, Strong Safety
Ben Bartholomew, Fullback
Dwayne Cherrington, Defensive Line
Ryan Osiecki, Quarterback (tryout only)
Mike Zupancic, Long Snapper
Ian Sluss, Linebacker
The Patriots had a disappointing ending to a strong season when they were beat in the AFC Championship by the Baltimore Ravens. With the draft that Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick just had, and the rookie free agents they have brought, the Patriots are set up once again to make a strong run for a Super Bowl appearance.
The key to getting back to the Super Bowl for the Patriots is figure out how to shut opponent's passing game down. After ranking 29th in the league against the pass, the majority of rookies in Patriots camp are on the defensive side of the ball with linebacker Jamie Collins leading the way as their top pick in the draft.
Defensive ends Michael Buchanan and Joe Vellano could see a considerable amount of action to open the season with there being no dominant presence on the line other than Vince Wilfork.
Tight ends Zach Sudfield and Brandon Ford really need to make sure they have strong showings during these mini-camps; they could see a considerable amount of time with the all the injuries that Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez seem to nurse every season.
It has been reported that Gronkowski is getting ready to have his fourth arm surgery next week, and granted it's May, look at all the time he has already missed through his career due to injuries and surgeries. Maybe if Gronk would spend more time focusing on the game instead of fist pumping in his spare time, he would learn how to avoid the injuries he suffers.