3. Oklahoma OT Tyler Guyton leads a strong offensive tackle group
The most impressive position on Senior Bowl rosters is offensive tackle. It’s a good year for the Patriots to need extra time, especially in the top 40 picks, where many scouts anticipate approximately ten offensive tackles to fly off the board by the start of day two:
Tyler Guyton (Oklahoma) – Guyton is not a finished product yet, with some flaws in technique leading to quick losses. However, he is a converted tight end who is relatively new to the position and is a stellar athlete with tremendous size (6-7, 328, 34-inch arms). Guyton had an incredible career in which he was dominant in both run blocking and pass blocking drills. He rode Alabama running back Chris Braswell to the ground on a replay where Braswell attempted to turn the corner on him. Guyton has an incredibly high ceiling, but quick losses to Houston’s Nelson Ceasar on an inside spin move and another quick loss on a lead-setting drill show he’s green. Still, with those athletic traits and raw power, Guyton has immense potential.
Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State) – Overall, a good performance from Fuaga, who started practice red hot. Fuaga’s ability to reach his landmarks quickly to get running backs past him to the quarterback was a challenge for the national team’s edge rushers. He also has great foot speed and balance as a run blocker. However, Fuaga calmed down towards the end of practice, being beaten in a sprint that would have been a holding decision. It is worth monitoring the second day to see if resistance is an issue for Fuaga.
Patrick Paul (Houston) – Paul is a mauler with excellent size (6-7, 333, 36-inch arms) and has also been one of the top athletic testers in Mobile. His height works against him at times against powerful attackers who can get under his pads on charges, but he will move people and has the foot speed to reflect around the arc in passing pros. . Paul is an intriguing day two option for the Patriots, with plenty of developmental upside.
Kingsley Suamataia (BYU) – Suamataia is a blocky right tackle prospect with a wide body and a great anchor to stop pass rushers. At first, he made it extremely difficult for the guys by playing with good leverage to protect the corner from him. The BYU product also regularly finished in the running game with great power in the outside zone. However, Suamataia took a close loss and a decisive loss to projected first-rounder Laiatu Latu (UCLA) in a best-versus-best job at the end of practice. Suamataia initially beat Latu in the first rep by performing a crossover move, but Latu was able to recover and corner him at the end of the rep. Then Latu beat him cleanly on an inside move. Overall, Suamataia is an intriguing prospect due to his robust build and power. Still, he will face many attackers of Latu’s caliber at the next level.
Jordan Morgan (Arizona) – Although he has an athletic build for tackling, Morgan measured with arms shorter than 33 inches and struggled with hand placement and making first contact. He showed good timing up to the second level as a run blocker. Along with his arm length, his features might be better suited as a guard. He’s not actually a “casualty” because he had some good reps. Morgan could project himself into the next level.
4. Dylan Laube, UNH running back, among tight ends and running backs
The Patriots offense has holes everywhere, including secondary needs at tight end and running back. This isn’t the best class at any of those positions, but there could be some value on day three, precisely where the Pats should consider a pick.
UNH’s Dylan Laube, starting at running back, has some skills as a change-of-pace runner. He reached a top speed of over 20 MPH as he tore through the defense with a repeat of single-back shotgun power, pressing in behind his main block before exploding outside. Laube has quick feet, good stop-and-go ability and quickness in the passing game. As a projected day three pick, I’m intrigued by the fit in New England, like a bigger Danny Woodhead.
At tight end, Kansas State’s Ben Sinnott and Penn State’s Theo Johnson showed the ability to escape coverage on seams and crossovers. They have some juice in the passing game that is worth considering as development options for the Patriots.
5. Defense Matters Too: Four Defensive Players Making Money on Mobile
No, we are not neglecting defensive players in this draft or the Senior Bowl because the Patriots have more pressing needs on offense. These are the players that caught my attention:
CB Quinyon Mitchell (Toledo) – One of the best players on the field. Mitchell is in the conversation for the best cornerback in this class. He was incredibly agile in coverage during practice and had two passes deflected in drills. Mitchell was excellent.
CB Cam Hart (Notre Dame): Hart was competitive in one-on-one drills with smothering coverage. He had a great reputation against Tez Walker, where he ran the route for Walker and intercepted the pass. Hart also has good size (6-3, 204). He could be a perimeter corner the Patriots target early on day three, but Hart could play himself on day two in Mobile.
DT Braden Fiske (Florida State) – Oh my god, this guy’s engine gets hot. Fiske is a monster in the middle with excellent play speed, power and timing. He was destroying running plays during team drills at national practice.
DT Gabe Hall (Baylor): Nervous inside running back with very good swimming and arm movement and the ability to win with power. Hall is worth another look as a potential rotational inside back.