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New England Patriots (14-2)


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Want to succeed at the NFL draft? Copy the Patriots

The New England Patriots are, without a doubt, the NFL's model franchise over the past decade, so it makes sense that the rest of the league would take a close look at how Bill Belichick and Co. have gone about constructing their roster, especially when it comes to the draft.

An examination by The Associated Press of league draft data from 2007-16, and last season's rosters, provides insight into what makes a team like the Patriots a year-in, year-out success - and those such as the Cleveland Browns or Los Angeles Rams a mess, season after season.

When the draft begins Thursday, these are some basic tenets that front-office types surely will have in mind if they attempt to follow New England's lead: stockpile as many picks as possible; go relatively heavy on the defense and the offensive line; be judicious about skill positions; when you find a starter, keep him.

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AFC East Division
TeamWLTPct
xyz-New England 1420.875
x-Miami 1060.625
Buffalo 790.438
New York 5110.313
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: T. Brady3554
Pass TDs: T. Brady28
Rush Yds: L. Blount1161
Rush TDs: L. Blount18
Rec Yds: J. Edelman1106
Rec TDs: M. Bennett7
Int: M. Butler4
Sacks: T. Flowers7.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6180 (4)
Passing Yards: 4456 (5)
Rushing Yards: 1872 (7)
Points per game: 27.6 (3)
Yards per game: 386.3 (4)
Touchdowns: 51 (4)
Field Goals: 27 (17)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5223 (8)
Passing Yards: 4033 (13)
Rushing Yards: 1417 (3)
Points per game: 15.6 (1)
Yards per game: 326.4 (8)
Touchdowns: 27 (2)
Field Goals: 21 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/19 J. White re-signed Three-year extension (through 2020)
4/18 M. Lengel re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/18 M. Gillislee signed Two-year contract (through 2018)
4/18 M. Butler re-signed/rest FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/18 T. Jackson cut
4/12 B. King re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/12 T. Knighton retired
4/10 A. Branch re-signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
4/10 C. Fleming re-signed/rest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
4/5 B. Bolden re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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