By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots’ trade for offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor is the latest in a string of draft pick swaps by Bill Belichick in recent years. This one all but assures that Eluemunor will make the team’s 53-man roster.
Adam Schefter reported the full details of the trade on Thursday. Baltimore sent Eluemunor along with a sixth-round pick to New England in exchange for their fourth-round pick, presumably both in the 2020 draft. The Pats will move down in the draft order by an as-yet unknown number of spots.
The NFL has an unofficial trade value chart that coaches use on draft day to determine the value of draft selections for deals. Moving from the bottom half of the fourth round to the bottom half of the sixth spends approx. 30-40 points worth of draft picks. That’s the range of values for picks 4-25 in the fifth round. So mathematically, the Patriots essentially moved a fifth-rounder for Eluemunor without actually losing a draft pick.
Although a fourth-round pick sounds like the Patriots are acquiring a starter for the offensive line, Eluemunor is much more likely to be a depth addition at guard and tackle. He made three starts in two seasons with the Ravens, two at right guard and one at left tackle. New England also sent a sixth-round pick to the Cardinals on Wednesday for Korey Cunningham, who started six games at left tackle last season.
Here are the projected starters on the Patriots’ offensive line, with each of their projected backups:
LT: Isaiah Wynn, Korey Cunningham, Jermaine Eluemunor
LG: Joe Thuney, Jermaine Eluemunor
C: Ted Karras, Hjalte Froholdt
RG: Shaq Mason, Jermaine Eluemunor
RT: Marcus Cannon, Korey Cunningham
The new additions clearly give the Patriots plenty of options to shuffle linemen around if necessary. But the hope is they avoid major injuries at any spot moving forward. David Andrews’ likely season-ending blood clot issue certainly made the season more challenging for this group, but tackle depth has been a concern all summer.
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