Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. This week's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and includes some of the following topics:
1. Considering when the right time is to look for Tom Brady's replacement.
2. Devin McCourty and the value of the "four-down" player.
3. Considering Baylor defensive lineman Phil Taylor for the Patriots.
4. What if Da'Quan Bowers slips to the Patriots; do they pick him?
5. Closer look at the running back spot and what the Patriots might target in the draft.