The New England Patriots probably won’t be drafting an offensive lineman in the early rounds in the 2013 NFL Draft, but it’s still good to take a look at some of those prospects just in case. Guys like D.J. Fluker and Jonathan Cooper have been mocked to the New England Patriots in various mock drafts over the past few weeks.
Alabama Crimson Tide right tackle D.J. Fluker could emerge as somebody on the New England Patriots draft radar if things don’t work out with Sebastian Vollmer (I highly doubt this happens). Fluker was clocked with forty yard dash times of 5.32 and 5.35 at this year’s NFL Combine. The Alabama standout dropped a lot of weight since the Senior Bowl, which shows that he is focused on playing tackle- not guard- at the pro-level.
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper is known for his speed, and he had one forty yard dash time at 5.13, with the other being 5.25. Todd McShay mocked Cooper to the Patriots once under the “best available” premise. Cooper is an excellent zone-blocking guard who could also play center, but the Pats have enough talent on the interior.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff left tackle Terron Armstead is rising up 2013 NFL Draft boards, and Mike Mayock has been heralding the small school OT as a starter in the future. Armstead had 4.65 and 4.71 forty times at the Combine, which are terrific (ridiculously terrific, really) numbers. The 6’5″, 306 pound tackle has ridiculous athleticism and long arms that have scouts very intrigued.
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