This 2020 Patriots draft pick leads all rookies at his position in key stat


The New England Patriots have struggled to draft well at certain positions, such as cornerback and wide receiver, during the 20 seasons that Bill Belichick has been the team's head coach.

However, one area where the Patriots consistently have found good players in all rounds of the draft is the offensive line, and we're seeing that again this year.

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The Patriots selected Michigan offensive tackle Michael Onwenu with the 182nd overall pick (sixth round) in the 2020 NFL Draft. Onwenu has started all 12 games for the Patriots this season and he's played exceptionally well. He's also shown an impressive level of versatility by filling in at guard and tackle positions along the offensive line. Onwenu has committed only one penalty all season, too.

His pass protection has been phenomenal, and according to Pro Football Focus, Onwenu has the lowest QB pressure percentage of any rookie offensive tackle in the league. The player below him in second place is Tristan Wirfs, who was a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 and starts at left tackle in Tom Brady's offense.

Onwenu isn't going to win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year -- no offensive lineman has ever won the award -- but there's no question he ranks among the league's best first-year players regardless of position.