We're a week into free agency and almost a month from the draft.
There's a lot of talk about the D so I thought it might be a good time to look at the defensive roster.
Here is the current roster, courtesy of Rodak:
DL: Vince Wilfork, Brandon Deaderick, Fanene, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace, Alex Silvestro, Marcus Harrison, Kyle Love
DE/OLB: Rob Ninkovich, Trevor Scott, Jermaine Cunningham, Markell Carter, Aaron Lavarias
LB: Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dane Fletcher, Tracy White, Niko Koutouvides, Jeff Tarpinian, Mike Rivera
CB: Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Sterling Moore (CB/S), Malcolm Williams (CB/S), Marquice Cole
S: Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory, Josh Barrett, Sergio Brown, Ross Ventrone
DL: Wilfork and Fanene are starters. Deaderick and Love have potential are at least rotational guys. Not sure about Pryor's health. Other guys are depth. Pats could use more help here. At least rotational guys and someone who could push for a starting spot. I hope the pats take a look at RFA Sammie lee Hill.
Pats have had Luis Castillo and Trevor Laws in for visits. Carter is still a possibility when he gets healthy. Derek Landri is another name available.
OLB: Nink and ???. Need at least one quality starter here. Pats signed Scott who has some potential. Cunningham hasn't shown much at all yet.
Leroy Hill and Manny Lawson are a couple names still available.
LB: Mayo and Spikes are solid starters. Spikes showed some potential to be more than a two down guy. Could use some depth here though. Someone to replace Guyton who didn't look too good last season and likely won't be back.
DB: I like Gregory as a depth guy but not sold on him as a starter. Cole seems like a depth/special teams singing. Think the Pats need a safety that can at least compete for a starter opposite Chung. Atogwe and Bell are a couple names available. Atogwe might be worthwhile. He's battled injuries the last few season and did get benched last year. But if healthy should be starter caliber.
Would like another CB too. I'm not as high on Moore as some so would like someone who can come in when there is an injury or if McCourty doesn't step up from last season..