NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The Patriots have so far picked up Dominique Easley (DL, Florida), Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, Eastern Illinois), Bryan Stork (C, Florida State) and James White (RB, Wisconsin). They added to their haul by drafting
Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming.
The Patriots didn’t pick an offensive lineman in 2012 or 2013, but are making up for that in 2014 having drafted two linemen in the fourth round.
Fleming is one of the smartest players in the 2014 NFL Draft—majoring in aeronautics and astronautics—and is a 6’5″ and 330 pound blocker that stay outside at right tackle or make a move inside. He describes himself as both a “science nerd” and a “football nerd”. Perhaps he can hang out with the brilliant defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Fleming will benefit by interacting with some of the nastier blockers on the Patriots team. He didn’t always sustain and finish his blocks at Stanford, even when he had a player physically over-matched. He isn’t the quickest guy on the edge, but uses his size and length to steer rushers out of harm’s way.
OT Cameron Fleming not a fit for some OL systems. More of a power scheme OT. Better fit for Bengals, Pats, and some others.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 10, 2014
With Sebastian Vollmer’s back a long-term concern, Fleming could be seen as the right tackle of the future. That would allow Marcus Cannon to concentrate on being a guard. The New England Patriots could do the opposite as well, moving Fleming to guard and keeping Cannon at tackle.