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Patriots Draft TCU OT/OG Marcus Cannon With 138th Pick in Round 5

Marcus Cannon adds depth along the offensive line. (Photo on thepewterplank.com)

The Patriots added depth along their interior offensive line selecting TCU’s Marcus Cannon at 138.

Cannon, who is 6-5 358-pounds, can play any of tackle or guard position on the offensive line. Cannon does have a treatable lymphoma that led to his stock falling to the middle rounds of the draft. Some had Cannon going as high as the first round before the cancer was known.

Cannon joins an offensive joint that drafted Nate Solder at No. 17, and has question marks with Logan Mankins and the retirement of Stephen Neal.

Per FF Toolbox:

At 6-6 and 350 pounds, Cannon is a big lineman who has enough athleticism to move his feet and stop the more nimble ends. Cannon could sneak into the first round, but he is more likely a second or third round selection at this point. Yet, for a second or third rounder, he is a very polished blocker who has the ability to immediately help any NFL team.

The Patriots have 159, 193 and 219 remaining in the draft.

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Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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