The Patriots have traded a 7th round draft pick to the Detriot Lions for offensive tackle Michael Williams, according to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin and ESPN’s Field Yates.
Williams was drafted in the 7th round in 2013 as a tight end, but made the switch to tackle during the 2014 season.
He’s 6’6 and 304 pounds and played his college ball under Nick Saban at Alabama. He was a tight end during his college career, used mostly as a blocking tight end, but caught 51 passes for 503 yards and 7 touchdowns in four years.
The Pats’ lack depth along the offensive line spot, especially the tackle spot. He will compete for a place on the team against Cameron Fleming, Mark Asper, Chris Barker, Caylin Hauptmann and Chris Martin.
In other news, the Patriots placed WR Brian Tyms on the IR after he cleared waivers.
WR Reggie Wayne will wear number 15 with the Patriots, his old 87 number belongs to Gronk.