The Patriots seem focussed on addressing their offensive line thus far during the draft. First, the team used their 23rd overall pick on tackle, Isaiah Wynn from Georgia. Now, prior to the start of the second round, the Patriots have acquired tackle, Trent Brown from the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange, the Patriots will send the 49ers the 95th overall pick. They will receive the 143rd overall pick in addition to Brown to complete the deal.
49ers are trading OT Trent Brown and pick number 143 overall to the New England Patriots in exchange for pick number 95 overall, per @FieldYates and me. The deal is pending a physical.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2018
Brown, a former seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2015, became expendable when the team drafted Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick on Thursday night. Brown missed the end of the previous season with an injury Traditionally a right tackle, Brown will compete with or spell Marcus Cannon who is returning from injury himself.
The offensive line became a huge question mark once Nate Solder signed with the New York Giants earlier in the offseason. The Patriots are already expecting last year’s draft pick, Antonio Garcia, to make his debut this season. Now, they have drafted Wynn and added a veteran in Brown to this evolving offensive line. A line that is tasked with the protection of quarterback Tom Brady.
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Measuring six-foot-nine and weighing 376 pounds, Brown, if healthy, will take up a large portion of the right side of the line. As mentioned before, Brown missed six games last year due to injury. However, in 2016, Brown appeared in and started all 16 games for the 49ers in his second season out of Florida.