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On The Clock: Patriots

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The Patriots need to get younger on the defensive line, and Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman would give them tremendous versatility. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
The Patriots need to get younger on the defensive line, and Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman would give them tremendous versatility. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

As we count down to the 2014 NFL Draft, we will put all 32 teams On The Clock and identify the three biggest questions each one faces going into the draft. Next up: Jets, April 4th.

On the first day of free agency, Aqib Talib left New England for Denver. For the briefest of moments, it seemed that the Patriots had suffered a setback that derail their defense significantly. 

But then the Pats landed Darrelle Revis. And then they signed Brandon Browner. It was more than merely a crisis averted. New England lost the top player in its secondary and somehow wound up with a better unit a week into free agency than they had before it began.

Suffice it to say, don't look for the Patriots to be shopping for a cornerback in the 2014 NFL Draft -- and that's a good thing, as there isn't a draftable prospect from Rutgers for them to target this time around.

Instead, the Patriots, who have five picks in the top 140, can focus on adding talent to a roster than came within a game of another Super Bowl appearance last year.