Patriots Pre-Draft Need Analysis: O-Line

Our last look at the offense focuses on perhaps the most important part. As we saw in the Superbowl against the Giants two years back, Tom Brady can’t do much if he doesn’t have the time to make a read and throw the ball. That in mind, the Patriots do have some holes starting to show in their offensive line.

Dan Koppen at center is going to be around for a while as he is signed through 2011. Logan Mankins, Stephen Neal, Matt Light, and Nick Kaczur, however, all have deals ending within the next two years.

Draft Analysis: Expect the Patriots to take a serious look at some offensive tackles and guards on day one. Even if Mankins is able to be re-signed, Neal and Light are both getting up there in age and replacements need to be groomed. Look for linemen that can move well and show above-average football intelligence.

The following draft prospects have been worked out or interviewed by the Patriots:
OL Antoine Caldwell
OL Robert Brewster
OL T.J. Lang
OL Lawrence Lovell
OL Alex Mack
OL Jamon Meredith
OL Rich Ohrnberger
OL Phil Trautwein
OL Eric Wood


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One Response to “Patriots Pre-Draft Need Analysis: O-Line”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Eric Wood would be a great 3rd rounder

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