Patriots release Alfonzo Dennard

Dennard played in just six games last season and was beaten out for playing time by then-rookie Malcolm Butler.

Jordan Richards, Malcom Brown, and Shaquille Mason.

AP

Meet the Patriots’ 2015 draft class

New England’s class includes 11 players drafted, eight on the final day.

Ben Volin | On football

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The Patriots’ plan now is to develop a rotation on the defensive line and overwhelm opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks.

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New England used its first three picks, all in the fourth round Saturday, on a DE and two interior OLs.

Marshall's Darryl Roberts was 43d out of 47 defensive backs selected in the 2015 NFL Draft — and the only one taken by the Patriots.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Patriots have left themselves thin at cornerback

Having not made the position a priority in the draft, they are going to have to ride Tom Brady again.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Coach Bill Belichick said there will be plenty of work to do as the newcomers learn the Patriot way.

One AFC scout compares Titans first-round pick Marcus Mariota to NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill.

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Ben Volin | On Football

Assessing the NFL Draft, from start to finish

Drama was lacking, but Marcus Mariota’s development will be interesting to watch.

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The LSU lineman was expected to go in the first round, but questions arose about his possible link to a woman’s murder.

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Richards, a captain in college, started 41 games over his final three seasons at Stanford.

ben volin | on football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/04172011_GL17draf-7907573.jpg This draft has a familiar feel — it’s just the Patriots’ way

If you’ve long subscribed to the “In Bill we Trust” theory, you should stick with it.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.