Interesting to talk team needs before and after the season. Before I can talk about needs I need to mention who I think walks or should be asked to so we save cap space. I think Gronk Allen and Brown are all gone. They can resign Hogan, Dorsett, Paterson, Gost/Allen and Brown for fairly cheap. I think they 100% have to resign flowers. They can't lose him. I think they keep the McCourty bros here but Devin needs to take less and will. Other odds and ends like J. Jones they will keep for little cap hit. My top needs are as follows right now. #1 TE - It is very possible Gronk retires and I don't want to keep over paying Allen. This is a spot I look to go for in the top 2 rounds. They need an impact player here. #2 DL - They need a running mate for Flowers. The DL just lacks talent on the whole. They can continue to coach and scheme around it but talent would make it easier. #3 S - They need to start thinking of getting someone in here for Devin/Chung. I don't like how old our safeties are. This becomes less of a need if McCourty is resigned for a cheaper deal. Right now I'll hedge it. #4 QB - This can be the biggest need or the least important one. If a guy you like falls to you take him, but don't reach. We have gone too long without a good draft in the top end and need to start getting more young cheap stars in here that can help now. #5 LB - Hightower isn't going anywhere next year but they will need to make a decision on him soon. They can stay pat at LB again and hope Bentley can come back into form and be the player we want. It isn't likely a young kid forces Hightower off the field in the next few years even if he is getting slower. He still knows the defense too well and doesn't blow assignments. That is worth something. #6 WR - Edelman is the star here but I don't think the cast of Hogan/Dorsett/Patterson are enough. Edelman is only getting older. They will also need an OT but they need a vet not a rookie. As for RB I think they will be fine. At CB I'm okay going with this group again but again if a guy falls to us take him.