NFL DRAFT

Seven for the 2019 Draft: Interior o-line – Early, middle and late prospects for Patriots – Depth needed

Garrett Bradbury (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

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.

Previous positions

Corners
Receivers
Edge
Quarterbacks
Tight ends
Running backs
Special teams
Offensive tackles
Linebackers

THE SKINNY

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 Trent Brown moving on and Isaiah Wynn returning from surgery. Could use some depth at both tackle spots besides Cole CrostonJoe Thuney is coming off a very good campaign, but is in a contract year at left guard. David Andrews and Shaq Mason are entrenched at center and right guard, respectively. Marcus Cannon could be a cap casualty at some point. Interior backups Brian SchwenkeJames Ferentz and Ted Karras 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)