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 bad 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.
Today, it's Nos. 18 through 10. Many of the guys in this group aren’t considered the above-the-marquee talent that dominates the headlines, but are vital (or will be vital) to what they want to get done on either side of the ball in 2018.
[caption id="attachment_415923" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Wynn was taken 23rd overall by the Patriots. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)[/caption]
18. Isaiah Wynn: There’s a lot riding on the rookie offensive lineman this year, but part of that is because he’s shown an ability to be versatile over the course of his career. It all depends on how quickly he comes along, but there’s a possibility to see him at guard or tackle this year. Dante Scarnecchia seems intent on having him give left tackle a shot, despite his arm length. But if Trent Brown and/or LaAdrian Waddle show they’re OK and Joe Thuney struggles with health, could be line up at left guard? As a first-round pick, Wynn was already a guy worth keeping an eye on this summer. Given the nature of things along the offensive line, he now looms as one of the more compelling figures at camp.
17. Jason McCourty: There was some concern McCourty