I write realistically in that it could take anywhere from one to three seasons for you to know what you've in a player. I remember listening to Felger and Maserati on the radio having a discussion about the possibility that the Patriots are in rebuilding mode and this turnaround could not show signs until at least after two more seasons. My question is, how many players can be drafted to fill in your holes, and will the needs that aren't addressed from the draft derail New England's season? That is, they fail to make the playoffs. Because the one issue that continues to bother me about the Patriots from recent seasons is the prevailing "what if" factor. What if this player pans out, what if he doesn't... For example, what if Shawn Crable plays, what if he doesn't... What if Tyrone McKenzie can play, what if he can't... What if Brandon Tate plays, what if he doesn't... What if Laurence Maroney has a breakout season, what if he doesn't... All of these what ifs are hurting this franchise. And if they Munson this draft this year. This could set them back three or five years. This is supposed to be one of the deepest drafts in years, so there's absolutely no room for excuses. Not to mention, Brady's in a contract year. This is such an important year for the Patriots for everything that you've no choice but to be very concern. I mean even the most optimistic Patriots fans can't spin this. You can't get anymore realer than this. And that's what concerns me... You bleep this up, you're dead. No resuscitation. No life-support. It's over for however long it takes to begin over to get back to being a perennial winning franchise again. And I haven't even mentioned the possible lockout in 2011. One thing I keep hearing is that the Patriots are re-signing their own players but they're the same players. Then it's asked, why not sign free agents outside of the team? I don't know the right answer to that, but I really don't want to rely on this year's draft to solve every hole. Instead, I would prefer for the draft to complement the efforts you make to improve the team next season. But, somehow, I don't have that impression about this year. I feel like everything is hinging on the draft. How does it go... Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.