The Patriots have a beast of a disruptor in the middle of their defensive front, and they have done a decent job of surrounding Vince Wilfork with complementary pieces.

Right now, their depth chart of interior linemen is full of nice, steady players, but they should have a chance to add more of a power puncher this week at the NFL draft. While attacking edge rushers are the money makers in today’s game, the defenses with interior pass rushers can wreak a different kind of havoc. Force the quarterback to see the rush by getting right into his face, and the offensive adjustments become more complex.

The chance to pair Wilfork with a similar attacker would instantly improve the Pats’ front. At 31, it’s hardly unrealistic to wonder how much longer Wilfork can play at an elite level. A violent defensive pairing would be helpful, but the opportunity to use more of a rotation, limit Wilfork’s reps to save his long-term endurance and, ideally, not suffer too much of a drop-off would be a luxury.

This draft has those answers, and the starting-level interior talent stretches further than the class of edge rushers.

“Absolutely,” said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. “There are more guys at that position that you have to work with going into that second round, whereas edge rusher might be a little leaner.”

So, the Patriots might not have to address the area with the 29th pick. The likes of Florida’s Sharrif Floyd, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson and Utah’s Star Lotulelei will be long gone by then, but there will be some remnants of the next group including Alabama’s Jesse Williams, North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams, SMU’s Margus Hunt, Purdue’s Kawann Short, Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins and UCLA’s Datone Jones.