Patriots look at offensive linemen at Eastern Washington pro day


Patriots look at offensive linemen at Eastern Washington pro day

The Patriots have what looks to be a pretty full depth chart along the offensive line, but they took a look at a pair of linemen in this year's draft class on Friday.

New England was among the NFL teams represented at Eastern Washington's pro day on Friday, where tackle Clay DeBord and guard Aaron Neary hoped to impress.

DeBord, who measures in at 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, was a four-year starter at EWU, where the team's home stadium is known for its bright red artificial turf. Neary checks in at 6-4, 300 pounds.

Both players are considered good athletes for their positions, though there are questions as to whether or not they have enough power to hold up at the next level. Neither player was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but could land with an NFL team on Day 3 of the draft or as undrafted free agents.

The Patriots have had plenty of success investing in late-round and undrafted offensive linemen in the past. David Andrews started in New England's first nine games -- all wins -- last season after joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. Offensive linemen Ryan Wendell and Stephen Neal were also undrafted by the Patriots, signed as undrafted free agents, and went on to serve as starters for Super Bowl-winning teams.

The Patriots have already added to their offensive line this offseason when they traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Cardinals and received a second-round draft pick and guard Jonathan Cooper in return.

Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirms.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...


Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

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Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.