Cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones
Safety: Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, Jabrill Peppers
Defensive backs: Kyle Dugger, Duron Harmon, Adrian Phillips
Some of New England's most enjoyable players to watch over the last five years have been in the secondary.
The cornerbacks, in particular, have brought the most joy of them all, even if their tenures with the Patriots ended far sooner than most hoped.
Stephon Gilmore thrived in his four years as a Patriot, winning Defensive Player of the Year and creating some of the more iconic moments in the team's history. J.C. Jackson could almost say the same, as we watched his rise to stardom before he signed his first big contract with the Chargers last season.
Jonathan Jones fits the bill to add a current Patriot to the cornerback roster as well. His performance in the slot earned him his dependable reputation, but how he played on the outside for the first time in his career last year proved he was an overall talent.
Regarding safeties, it was easy to choose Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, and Jabrill Peppers.
Chung and McCourty bring that old-school mentality that has been labeled "the Patriot way" and the toughness that made the legends of the team. Peppers has shown similar characteristics in his one season with the Patriots and is expected to build upon that this upcoming season.
Keeping in line with how the other players were chosen, Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips fill in the currently rostered players for the defensive backs. But you can't leave off the man nicknamed "The closer," Duron Harmon because his insane ability to make plays at the right time will be forever helpful.