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  • The Felger & Mazz Big Board is back for the 2022 NFL Draft! The goal is simple – to prove that chucking markers yields just as much success as any method of projecting what will happen in the draft.

    In 11 years, the guys have correctly predicted 11 Patriots draft picks. The F&M Big Board gave us DE Jake Bequette, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, DE Trey Flowers, CB Cyrus Jones, QB Jacoby Brissett, OT Isaiah Wynn, WR N’Keal Harry, CB Joejuan Williams, and two hits last year in DT Christian Barmore and LB Cameron McGrone.

    This year, they got started with offensive linemen, picking nine on Monday – three centers, three guards, and three tackles. Offensive line is a position the Patriots historically attack in the draft, taking at least one lineman in 17 of 22 drafts under Bill Belichick, and multiple linemen in 14 of 22.

    Will any of these linemen add to that streak? Here’s who the guys ‘picked’ on Monday.

  • C Zach Tom, Wake Forest

    Oct 2, 2021; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons offensive lineman Zach Tom (50) prepares to block Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Tabarius Peterson (29) during the second quarter at Truist Field. Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 2, 2021; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons offensive lineman Zach Tom (50) prepares to block Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Tabarius Peterson (29) during the second quarter at Truist Field. Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Excellent intelligence
    –Good base width and hip flexion into defender as base blocker
    –Utilizes firm, independent hands in pass protection

    Weaknesses:

    –Slender through his waist and hips
    –Needs to become more violent into contact
    –Susceptible to push-pull technique

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • C Alec Lindstrom, Boston College

    Sep 4, 2021; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles offensive lineman Alec Lindstrom (72) during the first half against the Colgate Raiders at Alumni Stadium. Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 4, 2021; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles offensive lineman Alec Lindstrom (72) during the first half against the Colgate Raiders at Alumni Stadium. Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Plays with good toughness and grit through combat
    –Loves to take advantage of finishing opportunities
    –Does a decent job staying connected on the move

    Weaknesses:

    –Could use more mass on his frame
    –Comes off the ball too tall
    –Will be outclassed by quickness

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • C Nick Ford, Utah

    Dec 19, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes offensive lineman Nick Ford (55) prepares for their game against the Washington State Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 19, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes offensive lineman Nick Ford (55) prepares for their game against the Washington State Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Sufficient athlete with regards to body control and redirect agility
    –In the run game, he is nasty, has ideal block temperament, and plays hard from snap to whistle
    –He has a sufficient level short set anchor

    Weaknesses:

    –Needs to be more consistent keeping his hands in the frame
    –Not necessarily a vertical mover on single blocks
    –Can improve at getting good body position on a shaded defender after snapping

    (Source: The Draft Network)

  • G Cole Strange, Chattanooga

    Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National Squad offensive lineman Cole Strange of Tennessee-Chattanooga (69) in the first half against the American squad during the Senior bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National Squad offensive lineman Cole Strange of Tennessee-Chattanooga (69) in the first half against the American squad during the Senior bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    Strenghts:

    –Excellent pad level off the snap and beyond
    –Made for zone scheme with good lateral giddy-up
    –Opponents struggle to unglue from his strong hands

    Weaknesses:

    –Uses wide, corralling hands too often
    –Below-average core strength and gets jostled at point of attack
    –Allows hands to linger when punching

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • G Ed Ingram, LSU

    BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 05: Guard Ed Ingram #70 of the LSU Tigers in action against the Utah State Aggies at Tiger Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 05: Guard Ed Ingram #70 of the LSU Tigers in action against the Utah State Aggies at Tiger Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Strengths:

    –Displaces the gap on down blocks with hearty shoves
    –Upper-body twitch to smack a gap shooter
    –Instincts to smell a rat with blitzes and twists

    Weaknesses:

    –Lacks desired girth through thighs and calves
    –Backside blocks take on play-side leakage
    –Below-average reactive movements in protection

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • G Spencer Burford, UTSA

    Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utsa offensive lineman Spencer Burford (OL04) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utsa offensive lineman Spencer Burford (OL04) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Wingspan measured at over 82 inches
    –Basketball feet to catch moving targets on the second level
    –Good foot chop to his set points in pass pro

    Weaknesses:

    –Narrow base as drive blocker
    –Might need a developmental year to add necessary mass
    –Needs to start rattling pads with a more physical punch

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • T Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State

    Oct 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack tackle Ikem Ekwonu (79) warms up prior to a game against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack tackle Ikem Ekwonu (79) warms up prior to a game against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Wrestling and weight-room success show up on the field
    –Transfers force from hips to hands to jolt and dislodge edge defenders
    –Plays with an extremely violent field demeanor

    Weaknesses:

    –Fierce but a little out of control
    –Hasn’t been able to pair his hands and feet
    –Lacks consistent fluidity working his combo blocks

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • T Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 20: Nicholas Petit-Frere #78 of the Ohio State Buckeyes plays against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    COLUMBUS, OHIO – NOVEMBER 20: Nicholas Petit-Frere #78 of the Ohio State Buckeyes plays against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Strengths:

    –Above-average athletic talent with loose hips
    –Maintains foot chop through the down-block
    –Active, ready feet to match two-way go from wide rushers

    Weaknesses:

    –Impatient and lurches with outside hands
    –Plays with vulnerable outside hand and mushy inside post
    –Needs more seasoning with angles and landmarks

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • T Kellen Diesch, Arizona State

    Nov 13, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils offensive lineman Kellen Diesch (74) reacts to a snap against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 13, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils offensive lineman Kellen Diesch (74) reacts to a snap against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Low-cut with room for more mass through his upper body
    –Core strength and body control look good enough
    –Excellent fluidity pulling into mid-line lead or long pulls into space

    Weaknesses:

    –Arms are very short for a tackle
    –Protection busts against Oregon State’s mugged-up looks
    –Needs to alter tempo for block adjustment in space

    (Source: NFL.com)

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