Anonymous Scout Rips Patriots For Third Round Pick in 2024 NFL Draft

As the 2024 NFL Draft is officially on the back burner, people around the league are giving their thoughts on the Patriots draft class.
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf during the
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf during the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is always one of the biggest events on the yearly calendar. It was even more important for the Patriots as they look to rebuild this roster with a new coach and GM in charge.

With a rather quiet free agency, the Patriots honed in on the draft to supplement the roster. It started with taking Drake Maye with the third overall pick, but an anonymous scout wasn't a big fan of the Pats' third-round pick.

Patriots News: Pro Scout Isn't High on Caeden Wallace

The Patriots made sure they added talent to the offensive side, drafting six offensive players aside from Maye. With the 68th overall pick, New England drafted Penn State OT Caeden Wallace.

They needed help at tackle but one scout thought the selection of Wallace was a reach.

"I saw the quotes about flipping him from right tackle to left," he said (h/t Mike Girardi of Boston Sports Journal). "The only thing we were considering with him was whether he would go from right tackle to right guard. So to think he can move to the blindside is ...aggressive."

The scout added, "The tackles started flying off the board, and they ended up with a right-side guy, not a potential left-side one. I like the player, but that doesn't appear to fill a big need."

The Patriots head into 2024 with Chukwuma Okorafor as the likely starter at left tackle, with Mike Onwenu locking down the right tackle spot.

The Pats expect Wallace to become their long-term answer at left tackle, but throughout his college career at Penn State, he only played right tackle. He started 40 games at RT but the Pats believe he can switch to the other side in the pros.

That's certainly a tough task because everything has to be done going from right to left. That could be one of the reasons why the scout isn't too high on the Wallace heading to New England.

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