Patriots selected a hidden gem in the mid-rounds of the NFL Draft

Patriots get a solid player with their 3rd round selection
Oct 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end JT Tuimoloau (44) gets up
Oct 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end JT Tuimoloau (44) gets up / Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / USA

The 2024 NFL draft is complete, and the Patriots stayed firm in addressing the offensive needs. Tackle was one of the Patriots' most significant needs heading into the draft. In the first two rounds, the team addressed the holes at quarterback and receiver, and then it got help for the offensive line.

While the big-name offensive tackles were off the board, the Patriots selected what may be the sleeper pick of the offensive line position.

Respect draft analysts like ESPN's Louis Riddick had nothing but positive things to say about the Patriots draft pick, despite others claiming Wallace's selection was a reach:

"This is my guy. I like a whole lot about this player. I'm gonna struggle to say anything bad about him. I thought his tape was as good as his much more heralded left tackle, Olu Fashanu. This guy is another solid pick.

"Wallace was an All-Big 10 selection last season. He played 359 pass-blocking snaps, allowing only one sack. Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein said about Wallace, " He is extremely coachable. His teammates love being around him. It has been a true pleasure to coach Caedan these last four seasons."

When watching his tape, Wallace's excellent technique, fundamentals, and athleticism stand out. He shows quickness when getting into his blocks and consistent body control. He played in a zone scheme offense at Penn State, similar to the offense the Patriots will run under offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

Wallace dominated in combo block and zone-based situations. He has NFL tackle size at 6'5, 314 pounds, and big hands that he utilizes well to control defenders. He also has light feet, making him agile and effective in getting to the second level.

Whether or not he can switch from right tackle to left tackle will not be known until training camp and pre-season. However, a player of his caliber instantly improves the offensive line, no matter what position he plays.

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