Last year’s starting left tackle for the New England Patriots, Matt Light, appears headed for retirement. Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins recently had ACL surgery and is questionable for training camp and the start of the season. And there is speculation the other starting guard, Brian Waters, remains undecided on his future.
Should New England draft offensive linemen?
That is an under-the-radar question facing the reigning AFC champs heading into Thursday’s NFL draft. Three starters on New England’s offensive line are facing lingering questions entering the 2012 season.
The Patriots did several things as a result. They re-signed both center/guards Dan Connolly and Dan Koppen. In addition, New England added free agent Robert Gallery, who can play guard and tackle. This trio has some versatility.
New England also wisely chose 2011 first-round pick Nate Solder, who has a lot of potential. He looks ready to be a full-time starter at offensive tackle in the event Light retires.
The Patriots appear to have plugged these possible holes in free agency, but depth is always needed. An offensive lineman or two in the middle or late rounds wouldn’t hurt.