Counting down the most valuable Patriots — No. 81 to No. 73

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With training camp looming, we’ve decided to rate the Patriots’ roster, counting down the most valuable from No. 90 to No. 1. “Valuable” can be defined on multiple levels, but for purposes of this exercise, we’re going to take a few different things into account: talent, dependability, track record of success in the system, and their individual spot on the depth chart. (Basically: How badly would things be if they were removed from the lineup?)

There are some cases — namely, the first-year players — where it’s tough to predict where they should land. But based on their performances in the spring workouts and having talked to teammates and people around the league, we took our best shot.

We continue our series Tuesday with No. 81 through No. 73. Like our first group, there are more back-end-of-the-roster guys here who could have a shot at crashing the 53-man roster. The bigger difference here? There's more experience, including a few veterans.