The Patriots showed in the past season that they don't need Tom Brady at his best to win a Super Bowl, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
The Patriots have a severe lack of depth at wide receiver and tight end, especially after Gronkowski retired. With the draft coming up, Belichick is doing his homework on potential weapons for Brady.
Wide receiver and tight end are both major draft needs for the Patriots. Currently, Brady only has one proven target in Edelman. Brown, Samuel, and Fant are all late-first or early-second round talents that the Patriots could land with the last pick of the first round.
Brown was the most productive of the group during his college playing days, having been named to first-team All-SEC in each of the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Samuel flashed brilliance at South Carolina, while Fant is an uber-athletic pass-catcher brimming with potential.
All three would be welcome additions for Brady.
The Patriots already made a depth signing with tight end Austin-Seferian-Jenkins, but they could still use much more in terms of offensive talent. Brady has made a career with no-name receivers, but at age 41, he no longer possesses the full toolkit he once had.
Still, the duo of Belichick and Brady shows no signs of stopping. If they are able to nab a dangerous prospect in the draft, their dynasty won't be ending any time soon.