Weekly Patriots mail is delivered

Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. Today's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics:

1. How the signing of Will Smith might affect the team's plans to draft a defensive end.

2. Assessing "need" areas for the Patriots.

3. If picking an offensive or defensive lineman, which one takes priority?

4. Rob Gronkowski and the tight end position.

5. The team's plans to build a lounge for season-ticket holders in the south end zone.

6. The 29th slot as a potential "sweet spot" for teams looking to get back into the first round to select a quarterback.

7. Devin McCourty, a possible contract extension, and how Earl Thomas' deal could have an impact on negotiations.