Evaluating roster chances of every Patriots draft pick
Round 3, Pick 17 (No. 78 overall) – Joe Thuney
The lowdown: As is often the case with offensive linemen drafted by Bill Belichick, Thuney is multi-talented having played tackle, guard and center at North Carolina State. He is also fast; Thuney recorded a 4.92-second 40-yard dash, the best time out of all the guards in the 2016 class. Pretty impressive for a 305-pound guy.
Where he could fit: Injury bug insurance. Being able to play every position on the line makes Thuney an enticing addition to an offensive line unit that was wiped out due to injuries last season.
Immediate reaction to Patriots selecting Joe Thuney
Who he will be competing against: At guard, Thuney’s main competition will be fellow draft pick Ted Karras and veteran Josh Kline. Tre’ Jackson, Shaq Mason and Jonathan Cooper are pretty much roster locks, so they’re not in the picture. If the Patriots decide they prefer Thuney at tackle, he will be competing with backups Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle.
Roster chances: 7.5/10. Thuney has a pretty good shot at making the final roster because of that versatility. By not addressing other needs and selecting Thuney in the second round, the Patriots indicated strongly that they want to keep this kid around.
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