The NFL Draft weekend starts on Thursday and will continue on Friday and Saturday.
For some teams, the Draft is the one weekend of the year when they give their fans hope. Teams like the Buccaneers and Jets will add a few players that will make their fan bases believe they can finally compete but come the regular season those hopes will disappear more quickly than Hillary Clinton's e-mail files.
As a Patriots fan, the Draft has become just one small step on the way to another AFC East title and a legitimate chance at competing for the Super Bowl. Bill Belichick and his staff - especially Nick Caserio - will make their picks according to the master Patriots plan. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.
Looking at the current roster, the Patriots seem to have several needs. Depth on the offensive line, especially at guard, is one area the team is expected to address. Cornerback and defensive line also will be likely targets for the defending champions.
Here are a few players that have caught my eye, either after watching them play or in reading over some of the scouting reports that have been accumulating all over the internet since the Super Bowl ended.
Laken Tomlinson, Duke, 6-3, 323-pounds
A.J. Cann, South Carolina, 6-3, 313-pounds
Ali Marpet, Hobart. 6-4, 307-pounds
Tre' Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 330-pounds
Arie Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-5, 310-pounds
Josue Matias, Florida State, 6-5, 309-pounds
Eddie Goldman, Florida State, 6-4, 336-pounds
Carl Davis, Iowa, 6-5, 320-pounds
Gabe Wright, Auburn, 6-3, 300-pounds
Tyeler Davison, Fresno State, 6-2, 316-pounds
Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State, 6-3, 305-pounds
Preston Smith, Mississippi State, 6-5, 271-pounds
Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State, 6-3, 280-pounds
Henry Anderson, Stanford, 6-6, 294-pounds
Anthony Chickillo, Miami, 6-3, 267-pounds
Kristjan Sokoli, Buffalo, 6-5, 290-pounds
Byron Jones, Connecticut, 6-1, 199-pounds, 4.43 40-yard dash
Marcus Peters, Washington, 6-0, 197-pounds, 4.47 40-yard dash
Eric Rowe, Utah, 6-1, 205-pounds, 4.37 40-yard dash
Jalen Collins, Louisiana State, 6-2, 203-pounds, 4.44 40-yard dash
Josh Shaw, Southern California, 6-0, 200-pounds, 4.34 40-yard dash
Alex Carter, Stanford, 6-0, 196-pounds, 4.50 40-yard dash
Justin Cox, Mississippi State, 6-1, 191-pounds, 4.30 40-yard dash