I've been breaking down the Pats roster and the outlook for the future. I've been doing it for myself, but I thought I'd share in the case it had any chances of spurring some conversation or bringing about discussion on potential draft prospects at a given position. Note: the "Bottom Line" assessment of the need at a given position is informed only by what players are under contract for next season. IE, for the DL, I say 1-2 players are needed, our own UFA such as Wright could fill one of those position of need. Any thoughts are welcome... The first position...Defensive Line: DEFENSIVE LINE (8), 5 signed, 3 unsigned DE - Seymour (2009) DE - Warren (2013) NT - Wilfork (2009) DE - Green (2009) DT - Le Kevin Smith (2009) FA DL - Wright DL - Kenny Smith (IR) Practice Squad: DT - Titus Adams LOCKS (4): Seymour, Warren, Wilfork, Green are absolute locks. Le Kevin Smith could help secure a spot if he continues to play well in a rotational role. SPOTS UP FOR GRAB (2): 1) Backup NT 2) Potential long term answer @ DE if Seymour leaves/replacement for Wright if he leaves in free agency CURRENT COMPETITION FOR OPEN SPOTS - Wright would be most welcome back, but can likely find more PT and $$ elsewhere. - Le Kevin Smith has played well in a rotational role, but with Wilforkâ€™s contract expiring at the end of 2009, the team might want to invest in a backup with higher upside. - Titus Adams on the practice squad has some potential as a backup NT, but isnâ€™t going to leap frog Le Kevin Smith anytime soon. PLAN OF ACTION IN DRAFT/FREE AGENCY - Ideally, the team can bring back Wright and give him a long term deal similar to Jarvis Greenâ€™s. Then they would be pretty set for next year and have good depth going forward. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. -Regardless, with Wilfork and Seymour reaching the end of their contracts in 2009, the team would be wise to either work to extend one or both of them, or they will have to spend a Day 1 pick on either DL position. Bottom Line: 1-2 players are needed. They will have to a) extend Wilfork b) re-sign Wright and/or c) get a sense of whether Seymour will return. Otherwise, they will need to spend a Day 1 pick on an impact player in the draft.