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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) takes the field during player introductions before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. Okorafor is now with the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/Justin Berl)

The New England Patriots draft pundits, this scribe included, have been targeting a left tackle for the New England Patriots on Day 2 in most mock drafts. Of the team’s 19 known Top 30 visits, seven are offensive tackles. This includes two (Tyler Guyton and Kingsley Suamataia) to consider in Round 2, or possibly moving up to select. Blake Fisher projects as a Round 3 possibility. The six others are prospects expected to go on Day 3 or go undrafted.

Perhaps the Patriots starting left tackle for 2024 is already on the roster.

Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, our sibling site, caught up with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at the NFL Scouting Combine. Saunders asked Tomlin what New England Patriots fans should expect from Chukwuma Okorafor, who signed with the New England earlier this offseason.

“They’re getting a very versatile, capable guy,” Tomlin stated. “A guy that’s starter-capable at both left and right tackle. And a guy that’s accountable and professional.”

Okorafor played right tackle almost exclusively in Pittsburgh, a position expected to be filled in New England by Mike Onwenu. But if the Patriots opt to go wide receiver in Round 2, the tackle options later in the draft will likely need more seasoning before potentially starting in the NFL. Could Okorafor be a bridge option that allows a rookie time to develop, or allows New England to wait until Round 1 of the 2025 NFL Draft to try and find a franchise tackle?

If Eliot Wolf believes so,  the “versatile, capable” offensive tackle allows the Patriots to target talent over need in the upcoming draft. Stay tuned.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

Today Patriots Hall of Fame defensive tackle Houston Antwine would have turned 85 years old. He played 11 of his 12 pro seasons with the Boston/New England Patriots. Antwine is the only player to make the AFL’s All-Time first team playing exclusively for the Patriots. Linebacker Nick Buoniconti was also on the first team but played his final AFL season as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

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