Patriots roster breakdown: Offense

Breaking down the New England Patriots' roster, starting with offense, to provide a better feel for the team's need areas heading into the NFL draft:


Players: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Garrett Gilbert

Need level: Low

Quick-hit thought: With this year's quarterback class considered weak, the Patriots' selection of Garoppolo in the 2014 second round looks like a shrewd move.


Players: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden, Travaris Cadet, Dion Lewis, James White

Need level: Moderate

Quick-hit thought: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen departed in free agency, and this year's draft is considered deep at the position. Cadet and White are the top candidates to replace Vereen as the "passing" back.


Players: Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tim Wright

Need level: Low

Quick-hit thought: With Gronkowski leading the way, and strong depth behind him, this is arguably one of the NFL's best depth charts. It's considered a weak draft class.


Player: James Develin

Need level: Low

Quick-hit thought: Between the tight ends and Develin, the Patriots are well stocked.


Players: Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Brandon Gibson, Kevin Dorsey, Jonathan Krause, Brian Tyms, Matthew Slater

Need level: Moderate

Quick-hit thought: The Patriots won a Super Bowl with this corps, so any additions would be a supplement and with the future in mind. Receiver is one of the deepest classes this year.


Players: Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, Marcus Cannon, Josh Kline, Cameron Fleming, Jordan Devey, Chris Barker, Caylin Hauptmann

Need level: High

Quick-hit thought: With 75 overall players on the roster, and just 10 blockers, this is an area that is a prime candidate for a "double dip" in the draft and/or free agency (where Dan Connolly remains unsigned).