That's a relatively small piece of the puzzle. You also need; 1. A good ownership that leaves the football decisions to the football people 1A. Football people who make good football decisions 2. An ownership and coaching staff that get along for long term stability. 3. Superior talent evaluation. One things the Patriots do is have multiple scouts on the same players, and evaluate the scouts themselves every year...so a bad or average scout gets weeded out of the system. 4. Good money management skills to operate under the cap. Sure, the Pats get veterans taking discounts for the rings...but it didn't begin that way. In 2000 and 2001, they were building a relatively no-name team with a few rising talent young players. The veterans taking discounts didn;t come until AFTER the Pats showed tons of success. 5. The willingness to plan a budget for each position, including the backups, and stick to it. You need to let high priced players go and build depth with capable but unspectacular players, both starters and backups...sometimes the backups are just as good as the starters. 6. Emphasize the importance of players' intelligence, coachability, and how dedicated they are to football. A team full of players who play for love of the game plays above the talent level of the individuals, and intelligence allows them to be versatile and adaptable to different game plans and schemes more easily, allowing the coach maximum options. This is not the ONLY way, I'm sure...but it's how the Patriots built their success. It is not built around lots of draft picks, or the talent of a few individuals specifically. It is built as a system, and the team you see on the field today has nothing to do with their success in the future...their success in the future depends on the points 1, 2, and 3 above remaining intact.