Of the players signed in 2011 (I don't know how accurate this roster is), the players whose names are in bold-face are the ones I anticipate to make 53-man roster. There are 42 names bold-faced and of those 42, I'll estimate my error to be + 5 errors - errors in the amount of players not the ones selected. This error can be reasoned and disregarded by free agent signings, and some players on this list that I might otherwise have included (Sergio Brown, Eric Moore). List: Kyle Arrington Thomas Austin Tully Banta-Cain Josh Barrett Leigh Bodden Ron Brace Tom Brady Deion Branch Sergio Brown Carson Butler Darius Butler Tony Carter Patrick Chung Thomas Clayton Landon Cohen Dan Connolly Jonathan Crompton Alge Crumpler Jermaine Cunningham Brandon Deaderick Julian Edelman Buddy Farnham Marlon Favorite Dane Fletcher Stephen Gostkowski BenJarvus Green-Ellis Rob Gronkowski Gary Guyton Aaron Hernandez Brian Hoyer Darnell Jenkins Nick Kaczur Matt Katula Dan Koppen Mark LeVoir Bret Lockett Kyle Love Steve Maneri Logan Mankins Jerod Mayo Devin McCourty Brandon Meriweather Zoltan Mesko Eric Moore Sammy Morris Marques Murrell Rob Ninkovich Rich Orhnberger Jarrad Page Taylor Price Myron Pryor Darryl Richard James Sanders Matthew Slater Brandon Spikes Marcus Stroud Brandon Tate Thad Turner Ross Ventrone Sebastian Vollmer Ty Warren Wes Welker Ryan Wendell Tracy White Vince Wilfork Jonathan Wilhite Danny Woodhead Mike Wright 2 Quarterbacks: Brady, Hoyer 6 Receivers: Branch, Edelman, Price, Tate, Slater, Welker 3 Tight Ends: Crumpler, Gronkowski, Hernandez 2 Running-backs: Green-Ellis, Woodhead 5 Offensive Lineman: Connolly, LeVoir, Koppen, Mankins, Vollmer 4 Cornerbacks: Arrington, Bodden, Butler, McCourty 4 Safeties: Chung, Meriweather, Page, Sanders 3 Outside Linebackers: Banta-Cain, Cunningham, Ninkovich 5 Inside Linebackers: Fletcher, Guyton, Mayo, Spikes, White 5 Defensive Lineman: Brace, Stroud, Warren, Wilfork, Wright 3 Specialists: Gostkowski, Katula, Mesko At the beginning of 2010, the team carried, 2 QBs, 5 RBs, 6 WRs, 3 TEs, 8 OL, 7 DL, 4 OLB, 6 ILB, 5 CB, 4 S, and 3 specialists. With my estimation above, this leaves 3 RB, 3 OL, 1 CB, 2 LB, and 2 DL spots open. This is 12 roster spots open, and the team has 9 draft picks in 2011. 1. The Patriots will probably resign one of the 3 veteran RBs (Faulk, Morris, Taylor) or bring in another veteran FA RB. 2. I anticipate Matt Light to be resigned. 3. The team might bring back Wilhite. 4. One or two of Pryor, Deaderick, or Love will probably make the roster. This amounts to 4 additions to the 42 man roster, so now we're at 46. 7 roster spots with 9 draft picks. From 2008-2010, the Patriots have amassed a lot of draft picks and replenished their roster with a good young core of players, especially on defense. And the need to amass further and future picks seems unnecessary now that all positions have been solidified (except offensive guard). Some positions could use an upgrade (WR, RB), but the biggest need on the team is a pass rush. This can come in the form of an improved defensive line or a stud outside linebacker. I think this is the year where the Patriots trade up and draft an impact player on defense. Whether it be Aldon Smith, JJ Watt, Dareus, whoever. *This is all speculation and I may have royally screwed up in the math.