With their third pick of the fourth round of the NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, out of Stanford. Here is my grade:
Now to be totally honest, this was the one pick I didn’t like from the Patriots. Originally, I was okay with it. I figured that even though he was a tackle, Fleming could slide inside, and possibly help out with the guard duties. And he still may be able to do that. But as of right now, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, it doesn’t look like that will be an option:
Fleming pretty much shot down any speculation he could play guard, too. Said only experience at guard was a few snaps joking around at prax.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 10, 2014
I don’t think the Patriots really need any help at offensive tackle. Nate Solder is set on the left side, and Sebastian Vollmer should be back to start on the right side. And they then have Marcus Cannon available to back both of them up. Now, I will say that since the Pats lost Will Svitek this offseason, they may need some insurance at tackle. And in that respect, this was a wise selection. However if Fleming is only able to play tackle, I think there are other directions the Pats could have gone to get better value at that spot.
Overall Grade: B-