Broderick Jones – OT – Georgia
As one of the desired positions the Patriots hope to draft in round one, taking Broderick Jones would be another excellent option for their offensive line.
Ranked just two spots below Darnell Wright, Jones is an insanely talented blocker who makes it nearly impossible for defenders to get through him. His size and natural athleticism would be a perfect fit at left tackle, with an explosive play style that would make an incredible difference for the offense overall.
The experts have projected him to not be an immediate starter, primarily due to his less than two seasons as a starter at Georgia. However, he possesses all the tools and abilities to develop into a monster left tackle that could be a starter for years to come.
Because the Patriots signed Calvin Anderson in free agency, he would likely be behind Brown on game days. It may not be the ideal scenario to draft a player “not deemed as a starter” in the first round, but the upside Jones has shown proves he’s a quality player that will thrive with the Patriots coaching staff.
Plus, he was brought in for a top-30 visit in Foxboro this month, indicating that the team is interested in what he has to offer. And he’s still projected as a first-round selection, which isn’t an accident.
(Because the Patriots need to go after an offensive tackle in the early rounds, Broderick Jones and Darnell Wright are just two of the options they may have available at 14 or would be able to move up a couple slots to take. They’ve shown the most interest in these two tackles for their first round pick, but could go in a different direction if other options (i.e., Paris Johnson Jr. or Peter Skoronski) fall to them on draft night.)