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Patriots 2018 mock draft: New England selects OT Kolton Miller

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The Patriots build up their offensive line in our latest POD Community Mock pick.

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No one likes the New England Patriots. Nobody. People in Boston are lying to themselves, because deep down they hate their own team because of the insatiable hunger for championships they have instilled in the town. They may never admit it, but they wish they could go back to the days in which every regular season win felt like something worth celebrating. Now, Boston is filled with a fanbase that is emotionally incapable of enjoying the smaller things in life, and they resent the team for it.

Now it’s time for this evil team to make their pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, and we have tapped commenter tjwGOblue to make their pick. With the 31st overall pick in the POD Community Mock, the Patriots have selected offensive tackle Kolton Miller out of UCLA. Here’s tjwGOblue:

The New England Patriots are in a precarious position heading into the 2018 season. They made some bold moves in the 2017 offseason and it nearly paid off with the grand prize, but they ultimately fell short. For a team just in the Super Bowl, there are a surprising amount of needs. While some of their needs are depth or future concerns, there are some immediate positions that must be filled. Without further ado, allow me to introduce Kolton Miller.

Let’s start with the positives: the kid is big! 6-foot-8 and 309 pounds at the combine. Scouts think he has room to add weight, too. Now some analytics: Miller only allowed 15 quarterback pressures and 2 sacks in 2017 (per Pro Football Focus). He also proved to be a top-tier elite athlete at the combine, posting the second-highest RAS score ever.

The negatives to Miller are that he might end up being a better right tackle versus a left tackle. It’s an odd argument in today's NFL, but really what I think analysts mean by that is that he struggles in pass protection. He struggled to defend a bull rush in college, which will only be exacerbated in the pros, and his footwork needs coaching. These concerns might not be an issue because Miller will have Tom Brady and the Patriots offensive scheme that averages only 2.7 seconds to throw the football. Miller will also have offensive line whisperer Dante Scarnecchia to coach him up.

Overall, not the best draft class or position to be looking for a starting left tackle but Kolton Miller brings an elite level of size and athleticism which will help him succeed at the next level. The Patriots coaching and scheme will help hide his deficiencies.

Catch up with all of the picks with our POD Community Mock Draft tracker.

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