The first kicker off the board was surprisingly not Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship. Instead, it was Justin Rohrwasser out of Marshall for the New England Patriots. He actually has New England connections, having played for Rhode Island before the Thundering Herd.
Rohrwasser was 18-of-21 on field goals in 2019 with a long of 53 yards. He missed only one point after attempt. Rohrwasser will replace longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski for the Patriots.
The Patriots always seem to take offensive linemen late in the NFL Draft, and that continued in 2020 with another Michigan product. Michael Onwenu will compete to backup Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney on the inside of the New England offensive line. He has size that cannot be tought.
The Patriots lack offensive tackle depth and could use an improvement over Korey Cunningham or Yodny Cajuste. Justin Herron will enter training camp as a player trying to take one of those spots. He returned as a starter and team captain in 2019 after a torn ACL in 2018. He was a three year starter for the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons.
Linebacker Cassh Maluia finished the 2019 season with 61 tackles and two interceptions for Wyoming. He will have to fit to carve out a role with the Patriots, even in a linebacker needy situation.
The Patriots continued to add offensive line depth and competition late in the draft. Center is a great position for a pickup, as Ted Karras brought his talents to Miami. New England has David Andrews returning from a life threatening injury, so a little insurance at the positions is always a positive thing.