Our positional draft preview wraps up on the offensive side of the ball up front with the linemen. That means it’s time to discuss one of the Patriots’ biggest draft needs – offensive tackle.
The Patriots’ need at tackle is based on both 2023 and the future. Heading into the draft, the team does seem to have two NFL starting tackles with Trent Brown returning on the left side and new signing Riley Reiff on the right side. However both players have significant question marks in the sort term (durability for Brown, age for Reiff), and both are in the final year of their contracts.
Will the Patriots make a big investment at the position, and look for a Week 1 upgrade? Or use this year as a bridge year at the position, taking a more project player later on? They’ll have options for both situations.
We’ll also look at the guards in this year’s class, although that position is more of a depth need this year after taking Cole Strange in the first round last year. With Michael Onwenu in a contract year, a taking developmental right guard could be an option, and it’s never a bad idea to add depth on the interior.