The New England Patriots have been working out various 2013 NFL Draft offensive tackle prospects such as Alabama’s D.J. Fluker, and Aaron Wilson of Scout.com is reporting that LSU Tigers tackle Chris Faulk recently visited the Patriots. Wilson also reports that the Carolina Panthers held a private workout with Faulk.
The 6’5″, 325 pound OT played at left tackle for LSU, but his size and gap between run and pass blocking ability make him better suited for right tackle in the NFL. The Panthers have a solid veteran LT in Jordan Gross, but they could use an upgrade at RT over the young Byron Bell, who has struggled mightily in his first two NFL seasons. Bell is capable as a backup tackle, but he really shouldn’t be starting. Faulk will likely be drafted in one of the middle rounds, so there is more of a chance that the Panthers get him than the Patriots, who don’t have many picks in those rounds.
Faulk is yet another avenue the Patriots could go down at the right tackle position, and I have a feeling that Marcus Cannon is headed for a move inside. The Pats were able to re-sign Sebastian Vollmer to a four-year deal, and they also signed former Atlanta Falcons veteran swing tackle Will Svitek. The Patriots are also high on the improvements Cannon has made over the past year under Coach Scar. So why show interest in other tackles in this draft?
I guess the Pats will want to move Cannon inside as the replacement for Donald Thomas, and if he is really good at guard he could switch roles with Dan Connolly. If Cannon moves inside, then the Pats would need some more depth at tackle and would likely look for another prospect at OT to develop (just as they did with Cannon).
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