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October 2, 2021; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons offensive lineman Zach Tom (50) prepares to block Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Taberius Peterson (29) during the second quarter at Truist Field. credit: Reinhold Matte-USA TODAY SPORTS
Less than 24 hours after the draft, news about pre-draft meetings still swirled. The Patriots are among the teams with reports coming down the wire.
according to this Draft Network’s Justin MeloPatriots hold a pre-draft meeting with Wake Forest offensive linemen zach tom, As Mello reports, the meeting was held virtually.
There is a lot about Tom’s game that makes him fit for New England. He is known as one of the best pure pass blockers in this class, and his football IQ is among the best of all offensive linemen. At 6-foot-4, 304 pounds he walks quite well for his size.
During his college career he started 48 games in four years and saw time in several positions along the offensive line. She projects that versatility to take it to the next level.
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Also, Tom comes from a Wake Forest event that the Patriots clearly have their eyes on. He took another linesman off the program two years ago to deal with Justin Heron.
Generally, the Patriots highly value versatility when it comes to offensive linemen in the draft. Plus, the Tom offers much more than just the usual versatility. The team is in urgent need of a guard following the departures of Ted Karras and Shaq Mason, and is in long-term need to deal with Isaiah Wynn in a contract year. Tom can realistically fill both roles during his rookie contract if it hits his estimates.
The Patriots aren’t the only team showing interest in Tom going up to the draft. Melo says Tom has met virtually with “15-20 teams” including the Bills, Packers, Seahawks, Titans, and Browns, and has also done private workouts with the Dolphins and Saints. He is expected to leave early on the third day.
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2022 Patriots Pre-Draft Meeting Tracker
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