Potential Patriots: 5 offensive linemen to keep an eye on in NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 16, 2019 - 12:21 pm

The NFL draft is quickly approaching and the Patriots have 12 overall picks, including six in the top 101. Given their lack of moves during free agency, the team should be very active. This will be a series broken down by position of players who could be of interest to the team. Today, we look at the wide receivers. Here’s earlier editions of the series.

After selecting an offensive tackle in the first round last year and being relatively young up front, this position isn't exactly a top priority. But, it is one of the deepest in this year's draft and the Patriots are always about collecting the best players available. This is why it wouldn't be a complete shock to see the team select an offensive lineman, even high in the draft.

Here are five names to keep an eye on.

Chris Lindstrom, Boston College -- Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia spent a lot of time with Lindstrom at BC's pro day and it is also worth noting how versatile he is. He can play tackle, inside, and he's even worked on being a center since the end of the regular season last year. The Patriots love versatile lineman and if he's still around with one of their second-round picks, it would not be a surprise at all to see the Patriots pick him. Lindstrom is expected to be an early Day 2 pick.

Greg Little, Ole Miss -- The Patriots reportedly have shown "significant interest" in Little, which isn't surprising because he's one of the best tackles in the draft. He started his football career as a tight end before transitioning to tackle and being one of the most sought after coming out of high school. Part of it could have been playing with Kyler Murray, but he's made a name for himself at Ole Miss. Little is expected to be a late first or second-round pick.

Dalton Risner, Kansas State -- Risner was outstanding at the combine when he met with the being, showing a great deal of maturity. He also revealed a friendship with Nate Solder and how he models his game and life after him, especially when it comes to giving back. The tackle is expected to be a Day 2 selection and if the Patriots take care of other needs ahead of time, maybe he could be worth a selection.

Kaleb McGary, Washington -- McGary played tackle in college, but many are saying he may transition inside in the NFL -- just like people were saying about Isaiah Wynn last year. He's a tremendous talent and should be one of the first few tackles selected. If the Patriots like him, he could be a potential early-round selection and team up with Wynn for the future on the Patriots offensive line.

Tytus Howard, Alabama State -- Howard is an intriguing player as he was a high school quarterback at only 215 pounds, but has bulked up significantly and is now 320 pounds and considered one of the best tackles in the draft. He seems like a player Scarnecchia would love to work with and the Patriots have not shied away from these non-traditional picks in the past.

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