The New England Patriots continued adding to their offensive line on Saturday by selecting Wake Forest tackle Justin Herron at No. 195 overall.
Just 13 picks after they selected Michigan guard Michael Onwenu at No. 182 overall, the New England Patriots continued to bolster their offensive line by selecting Wake Forest product Justin Herron at No. 195 overall.
Herron checks in at 6’4 and 308 lbs, and was a four-year starter for the Demon Deacons. Here’s what ESPN’s Steve Muench had to say about him via the pre-draft profile analysis on their site:
"Herron, a team captain and four-year starter, has some shock in his hands. He did not test well in terms of change-of-direction skills at the combine. His footwork is inconsistent, but he gets set quickly and flashes the ability to mirror on tape. He’s a waist bender with below-average length. He’s an adequate positional blocker in the run game."
Herron joins a growing depth chart of offensive linemen for the Patriots entering the 2020 season.
While David Andrews is currently the team’s only center, there are multiple options behind the other four presumed starters: Joe Thuney (LG), Shaq Mason (RG), Isaiah Wynn (LT), and Marcus Cannon (RT).
Herron should join Yodny Cajuste and Korey Cunningham as depth options who could play behind Wynn and Cannon at tackle. Similarly, Onwenu will join Jermaine Eluemunor, Hjalte Froholdt, and Najee Toran as depth options behind Thuney and Mason.
Knowing the Patriots, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them reach a deal with a couple more veteran options along the O-line as well. James Ferentz and Marshall Newhouse are also options that played in 2019 with the team — both players are currently unrestricted free agents.
The 2020 season will be an interesting one to watch on the Patriots for many reasons, and one of those is that it will be the first in a while that legendary O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia won’t be there on the sidelines and throughout camp working as he’s done for so long up in New England.