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Pats in protective mood with draft picks
Florida State center Bryan Stork (52) was chosen by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
Patriots' 2014 draft choices
|1/29||Dominique Easley, DT||Florida|
|2/30||Jimmy Garoppolo||QB||E. Illinois|
|4/5||Bryan Stork, C||Florida St.|
|4/30||James White, RB||Wisconsin|
|4/40||Cameron Fleming, OT||Stanford|
|6/3||Jon Halapio, OG||Florida|
|6/22||Zach Moore, DE||Concordia|
|6/30||Jamea Thomas, S||Georgia Tech|
|7/29||Jeremy Gallon, WR||Michigan|
After not spending a single NFL Draft pick on an offensive lineman in 2012 or 2013, the New England Patriots used three of their first four picks on Saturday with an eye on upgrading Brady's pass protection in the form of a center, tackle and guard.
It was the first of three fourth-round picks for the Patriots Saturday, and all were built around offense. New England next took running back James White of Wisconsin at No. 130 overall, and then offensive tackle Cameron Fleming of Stanford at No. 140.
Fleming, the offensive tackle and an Aeronautics and Astronautics major at Stanford, is a nice match for Stork from a size perspective, standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 323 pounds. He could provide some long-term depth in the area of linemen Marcus Cannon, who is in the last year of his contract, and Sebastian Vollmer, who is recovering from a broken ankle suffered last October.
The Patriots followed their offensive line binge with the 198th pick overall: 6-foot-5, 269-pound defensive end/outside linebacker Zach Moore from Concordia-St. Paul.
In the seventh round, the Patriots took Jeremy Gallon, a wide receiver from Michigan.