The New England Patriots have a rather deep roster. Even though they don't have many elite players, quite a few of their position groups are solid. The big question here is which position group on the roster is the best? How do we define the best?
Well, I think one of the biggest indicators that could tell us which position group is the best is the depth and top end talent. How good are the starters? Are they above average? After that, assess the depth?
Is it a unit that has adequate depth? Do they have backup caliber players at least in this unit? Or, even better, do they have multiple starting-caliber players in the unit? I think an argument could be made that a few position groups stick out as being the best on the roster.
I think three groups stick out as being the best on the roster in my opinion. Those groups would be the offensive line, defensive line, and the safeties.
On the surface, if your offensive and defensive lines are the best units on your roster, that could be an excellent thing. Games in the NFL are won and lost in the trenches, and the Patriots excel in both units.
The defensive line includes players like Deatrich Wise, Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, and Christian Barmore. I'm not sure there's another DL unit in the NFL that is truly four players deep.
The safety room currently has players like Kyle Duffer, Jabrill peppers, Adrian Phillips. and Jalen Mills. Again, what safety unit in the NFL is as deep as the Patriots? Dugger might not be elite quite yet, an Peppers isn't elite, but that's as good of a tandem as there is in the NFL. and even their two projected backups could start on most teams.
The offensive line, specifically the interior, is a loaded unit as well. Mike Onwenu, David Andrews, and Cole Strange are as good of a trio as there is in the NFL, and Trent Brown and Riley Reiff could form a rock solid tackle duo.
It's hard for me to say which unit is the best of the three. I think I'd have to give the edge to the safety unit, honestly. The offensive and defensive lines are as close as close can be, but I think the safety room is ever so slightly better.
The tight end room has a ton of potential, though. Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki could end up being a prolific duo, especially in the redzone. Both players are hilariously athletic and could function as bigger receivers.
As a ranking, my top position units on the Patriots' roster would be:
2. Offensive Line
3. Defensive Line
4. Tight End