While the Patriots have some strong depth behind Dont’a Hightower at middle linebacker, none of those players possess the multi-faceted, three-down upside needed to play the spot full time in New England. Hightower’s status feels pretty year-to-year at this point, and the next man up will probably be needed sooner rather than later. Bringing that next player in now would allow him to learn from Hightower, similar to how Hightower got experience under Jerod Mayo early in his career. Level of need: 2nd-4th round