The Patriots have rebuilt their team in 5 years mostly through the draft, it is clear that the patriots have a system for identifying talent but what is it exactly? Here are some key factors the patriots look at when identifying a potential patriot via the draft. Obviously every player must have talent in addition to all of these factors. 1. How they spend their spare time. This is the most important factor in my opinion, When the Patriots look at a player, they must realize that the person they are getting isn't going to be on the field 98.5% of the time while they are a patriot. When the Player is not being supervised by a coach, what are they doing? are they dedicated to studying their playbook? are they competitive in other settings? do they stay out of trouble or situations which could cause them injury? Some players like Gronkowski spend an unbelievable amount of time in the Gym getting big, others spend alot of time within the safety of their rooms playing video games with their friends. As long as a player doesn't have money problems (like Dez Bryant) or gets into legal or gang trouble with guns and properly allocates their time to to their craft, they will fit the mold, i believe the Patriots put a much higher value on players who don't have any known issues like this which could potentially lead to suspensions of other kinds of distractions. 2. Leadership qualities and film dedication. A large amount of Patriots were captains or perceived team leaders on their former team, the Patriots want a team full of chiefs who are capable of speaking their mind and willing to sacrifice their own personal glory to put their teammates in a better position to succeed. Some players are selfish and want all of the glory (Such as WR 'divas') this is the opposite of what the patriots are looking for, once again this is because these players tend to be ultra competitive and willing to do anything just to get a win. these players will spend extra time in the film room because they understand that winning starts in the days leading up to a game. 3. Good Genetics. What do Rob Gronkowski, Devin Mccourty, Brandon spikes, and Chandler Jones all have in common? They each have relatives in the NFL. Having good genetics helps the Patriots know what to exactly to a certain degree, are these players tough? do they have good instincts? how quickly did they adapt to the NFL game? It is debatable just how much this information helps, but nonetheless, it is a factor the Patriots definitely pay attention to. 4. 'Injury prone' Status, Much of the time a player can receive an 'Injury prone' label from their college or professional careers, naturally this hurts their draft stock and they can tumble down the draft even though if they were never injured they have been drafted much higher, why do the Patriots like these players? Value. The Patriots are drafting near the end of each round every draft, they know they will be there and they want to be there (because being there means a successful previous season). I think the Patriots truly don't believe that a player can be 'Injury prone' i think that they believe injuries happen because of a lack of conditioning, improper technique or bad luck, i think the Patriots have built a Strength and Conditioning wonder within the walls of Gillette and see improving overall health of these players will improve the overall value of their draft positioning. 5. Harmless 'off field issues', Ryan Mallet and Aaron Hernandez fell a long way because of perceptions of their off the field attitude or activities, Mallett was considered to have a terrible attitude and fell to the 3rd round while Aaron Hernandez went all the way to the 4th round because of his positive Marijuana test, I think that if investigated properly, the Patriots can dismiss these problems. We should all know by now that Marijuana is harmless, but other teams might potentially see these players as a potential bust because of these factors. You can already see these factors being applied to who the team is adding in free agency, but see an eye on these things during the draft. Here are some interesting examples from the 2013 draft. Genetics: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington 'Injury Prone': Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Harmless OTF Issues: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU Though we can hardly Fathom it, Manti Te'o fits a number of these factors and may be the pick should he make it to 29, he also fills a need as a 'coverage linebacker'.