The Patriots have been searching for a second free safety to play opposite Devin McCourty since trading away Duron Harmon last March. Damar Hamlin possesses many of the traits they look for in that role, including a high football IQ, great instincts, strong on-field communication skills, and an ability to play the ball in the air. While Hamlin’s ceiling is a serviceable starting safety, he still offers value even if he falls short of that mark. A converted cornerback, he’d bring the positional versatility the Patriots require in their depth defensive backs. As a willing tackler, he would likely be able to play a special teams role as well. As a five-year player and three-year starter, Hamlin should be able to contribute right away, even in a reserve role.