Report: Potential first-round OL Kenyon Green to visit Patriots


The New England Patriots need additional depth and talent along the interior of the offensive line after losing two starters in left guard Ted Karras and right guard Shaq Mason earlier this offseason.

A good place to find this infusion of talent is the 2022 NFL Draft, which begins April 30 with the first round.

The New England Patriots own the No. 21 overall selection in Round 1, and they could go in several different directions. While defense should be a priority in the early rounds -- especially at linebacker and cornerback -- offensive line is another potential area New England could target with its first pick.

One name to keep an eye on is Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green, who was an All-America selection last season.

He is visiting the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, per Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus. Meirov also reports Green is scheduled to meet with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and the Patriots.

Green is projected to be a late first-round pick in many 2022 NFL mock drafts. ESPN expert Todd McShay's latest mock draft has Green going to the Green Bay Packers with the No. 28 overall selection.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry wrote about Green and his potential fit in New England as part of his Prototypical Patriots series:

"Green is athletic, versatile, and Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner believes his best professional comp is Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn. Unlike Wynn, Green figures to be a guard at the next level. But, when healthy, Wynn has shown himself to be a solid athlete in New England. Green would be just as talented a mover should he happen to align next to Wynn at the pro level. His shuttle (5.12 seconds) and 40 time (5.24 seconds) were excellent at this year's combine. But against some of the best defensive linemen in the country, Green showed good explosiveness. He'd also be a versatile chess piece for Belichick, having played every position along the line in 2021 other than center."

Versatility is a huge part of Green's skill set, and we know how much Belichick and the Patriots value versatility on the offensive line. 

If the Patriots are looking for an offensive lineman at pick No. 21, Green would be a solid choice based on his talent, athleticism and versatility. It's hard to go wrong selecting a player of Green's caliber who also played against elite competition in the SEC.

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