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Potential Patriots: The Offensive Linemen

OG Xavuer Su'a Filo

OG Xavuer Su’a Filo

It’s draft day! An exciting day for every team and fan!

Today, I’ll run down the list of offensive linemen the Patriots potentially could draft.

The Patriots offensive line struggled last season, especially the interior linemen. The amount of pressure and sacks Tom Brady took during the 2013 season increased by a big margin from the past few seasons. Some of the blame is on the wide receivers, but some still fall on the OL. Either way the Patriots need OL help.

Drafting an offensive lineman in the first round is hardly ever a sexy pick or the most exciting pick, but it’s one of the most important picks and I would love to see the Patriots draft a first round lineman. After all, protecting Tom Brady is the most important thing on the offense and a great way to ensure a W.

OG Xavier Su'a Filo

OG Xavier Su’a Filo

OG Xavier Su’a Filo, UCLA: He’s rated as the number two guard in the draft this year and is projected to go anywhere from the 1st – 2nd round. He could fall to New England, though it’s unlikely, but there’s a chance. If he falls to them the Patriots should pull the trigger to get a talented guard. Su’a Filo strengths are good hips and good feet. Good run blocker and pass protector. He gives depth and has played OT and OG. Quick out of his stance. Weakness are not ideal size and doesn’t have powerful hands.

Chances Patriots draft him: Low. Probably won’t be there for them and even if he is, doesn’t mean they will actually take him. The Pats will most likely trade out of the first round.

OG Anthony Steen

OG Anthony Steen

OG Anthony Steen, Alabama: Steen is projected to go 6th – 7th round which is actually ideal for the New England Patriots. We know how much they love their late round picks and giving last year they may even take him earlier than that if they really like him. Steen’s strengths are big, powerful guy whose quick on his feet. Good pass protector and great run blocker. Has a calmness about him and doesn’t panic. He is tough and durable, and a powerful player. Weakness is his struggles with swim moves and not a great down the field blocker. Doesn’t have the ideal height or arm length.

Chances the Patriots draft him: High. The Pats need more offensive linemen and they need inside players. They also don’t like to draft high and they don’t have to in order to get Steen. He fits their system and is an ideal player for the Patriots. I can see them making this draft pick.

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OG Zach Fulton

OG Zach Fulton, Tennessee: Zach Fulton is an ideal Patriot player with his work ethic and coachable traits. He’s projected to go anywhere from the 5th – 6th round. Strengths are ideal size and power. A great pass protector and good run blocker. A great teammate and is coachable. Raw potential and great work ethic. Very experienced. Weakness is slow, not aggressive enough, and bad feet.

Chances Patriots draft him: High. He is the kind of player the Patriots love drafting and has loads of potential. The Patriots love getting players they think they can turn into superstars. Fulton has the tangibles and size, he just needs someone to help him turn it into dominance.

OG David Yankey

OG David Yankey

OG David Yankey, Standford: If the Patriots want to draft an OG early, then Yankey is the guy to draft. Yankey is projected to go anywhere from the 3rd to 5th round. Strengths are great athlete, can move, and has good body control. Has great footwork. Sets up quick, and great run blocker. He’s also a good pass protector. Can play OT or OG. Very smart guy. Great football instincts and awareness. Weakness is bad knee bends, and keeps his head low. Could be more active all the way through the whistle.

Chances Patriots draft him: Medium. I don’t know how high or low the Patriots are willing to take an offensive guard, but Yankey would make a great Patriot and they love players like him which makes this a 50/50 pick.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio

OT Cyrus Kouandjio

OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: The Patriots need help at the OG spot, but they also could use some depth and help at the OT spots too. If a player like Kouandjio is there, why not take him? He’s a great player and may be too good for the Patriots to pass up on. Strengths are ideal size, standing 6’7 and weighing in at 322 pounds and only 16% is body fat. Long arms. Quick feet and movement. Great pass protector and run blocker. Has exciting quickness and mobility when blocking on the move. Can play RT or LT. Weakness includes not yet great and still has tons of untapped potential. Drops his head. Inconsistent  2013 season.

Chances the Patriots take him: Medium. Again, who knows if he will be there and if the Patriots will take him. My guess is they will because of how good he is. But, I doubt he will be there.

XAVIER SU’A FILO


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