3. Third Round (68th Overall): Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale
In the third round, New England keeps a New England college product from having to go far. Yale left tackle Kiran Amegadjie checks in at a whopping 6'5", 326 pounds.
After not allowing a single sack at left tackle in 2022 and earning All-Ivy league honors, Amegadjie's 2023 campaign was cut short following only four games due to a season-ending quad injury. He is widely expected to be the first FCS player selected in this April's draft.
Talent evaluators likely would have wanted a greater sample size from Amegadjie this season, but his lack of 2023 tape could also help him slide further down draft boards than he should have (and the Patriots could get a steal in the third round).
In 2021, Amegadjie also started every game at right guard and performed at an All-Ivy league level, so that does also grant the Patriots some flexibility if they need to shuffle the offensive line (as they did so many times this season).
The Patriots could very easily have to replace both offensive tackles heading into 2024. Trent Brown's relationship with the team was nothing short of tumultuous this season, although perhaps Jerod Mayo taking over for Bill Belichick extends an olive branch to the veteran.
Meanwhile at right tackle, the outlook on Mike Onwenu's future in New England is bleak, as "The Patriots essentially know Onwenu isn’t coming back" per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. There aren't really any in-house options to fill those pending departures in-house.
He's not Joe Alt at third overall, but Amegadjie has the tools to be an impact player at the NFL level.