As we count down to the 2019 NFL draft, we’ll take the measure of the Patriots by position and offer up six prospects at each spot that should be available early (first round), middle (second day) and late (third day). Time to continue with our favorite position group — offensive line — with the big boys on the interior.
Since many of these prospects have inside/outside versatility, we'll go over the whole line, which was one of the best units in the league by the end of last season. Obviously, there's a lot of unknown at left tackle with TrentBrown moving on and IsaiahWynn returning from surgery. Could use some depth at both tackle spots besides ColeCroston. JoeThuney is coming off a very good campaign, but is in a contract year at left guard. DavidAndrews and ShaqMason are entrenched at center and right guard, respectively. MarcusCannon could be a cap casualty at some point. Interior backups BrianSchwenke, JamesFerentz and TedKarras are all in contract years.
So, to recap, the Patriots could use some help at tackle (perhaps competition for Wynn), and some youth/options for Thuney transition on the interior.
POSSIBLE EARLY TARGETS
Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State (6-3, 305, 4.93)