4 left tackles Patriots can draft in Round 2 of NFL Draft

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There are a lot of talented receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft class, but not many left tackles for the Patriots to choose from on Day 2. There are even less who will immediately be the right fit to fill in for the now absent Trent Brown.

Nine linemen were drafted in just Round 1, and even though it's a deep class, the Patriots will need to prioritize getting one of the top remaining players on Friday night if they want to ensure their O-line is at its best no matter who's under center this fall.

There are at least four prospects that will fit the team the best, starting with a BYU alum.

Kingsley Suamataia - BYU

Suamataia is only 21 years old, so he’s still got a bit of developing to do. But he's already 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 326 lbs. He’s one inch shorter than Lane Johnson and 1 pound heavier, and Johnson has had a pretty solid career so far (if you consider 143 starts in 13 seasons solid). But if his cousin, Penei Sewell, is any indication, Suamataia could play closer to 335 lbs.

He began his college career at Oregon, where he redshirted for the 2021 season and played only one game the entire year. After that lone season in the Pacific Northwest, he transferred to BYU.

In his first season with the Cougars, he started 12 games and didn’t allow a single sack throughout. Suamataia showed his versatility as he played both left and right tackle during his college career and was on the field for 746 passing snaps. More impressively, throughout his entire tenure, Suamataia only allowed two sacks on his quarterback.

Imagine having this guy protecting Drake Maye?

At the NFL Combine earlier this year, Suamataia's broad jump performance was in the top 86th percentile of the tackle class, and his 40-yard dash ranked him in the top 88th percentile of all offensive tackles. So, unsurprisingly, Suamataia is an excellent run blocker.

His mobility allows him to reach the second level, and once he does, he can move linebackers out of the way with ease. He really enjoys doing that, too. He also has the stability and balance to maintain pass blocks, even when the pass rusher tries to spin to shed the block.