The NE Patriots came within a Wes Weckler whisker of winning the Super Bowl with the 2nd oldest defense in the NFL and the 6th oldest offense in 2011. See the chart at the bottom of this blog: 2011 NFL age ranks: Calling all graybeards - NFC West Blog - ESPN Interesting to see Green Bay and San Francisco among the top three or four youngest teams on both sides of the ball in the NFL. The Pats need to work closer to that to make the transition for future excellence. Fortunately, youth is on the way. The Patriots have 4 of the top 64 picks in the draft with a friendly rookie salary cap to make keeping these picks the most valuable ever, as selections or as trade bait. Does Trader Bill use all his picks? If he does, what should he do? Or should he shop these picks around for next Randy Moss, Cory Dillon, or Wes Weckler? The good news is that the Patriots are starting with a talent-laden roster with several positions partway or completely through a youth movement . Both lines have good young players to go with veterans near or at the end of the trail.