A day after the New England Patriots took a first-round offensive lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft, the organization has finalized a trade to bring more protection on the offensive line for the 2018 season. The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to send Trenton Brown and the 143rd pick to New England in exchange for the 95th pick in this year’s draft.
49ers are trading OT Trent Brown and pick number 143 overall to the New England Patriots in exchange for pick number 95 overall, per @FieldYates and me. The deal is pending a physical.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2018
Trent Brown Traded To New England Patriots
Brown was drafted by the Niners in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida. In three seasons in San Francisco, Brown started 28 of 31 games played. The former Gator started every game of the 2016 season, but his 2017 season was cut short after a shoulder injury landed him on Injured Reserve.
After a joint practice between the Denver Broncos and the 49ers, Broncos defensive star Von Miller had the following to say about Brown: “He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League! And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move the way he moves.” High praise from one of the best pass rushers in the league bodes well for the Patriots.
In the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday, the Patriots selected Isaiah Wynn, an offensive lineman out of the University of Georgia. It is immediately evident that the loss of Nate Solder to the New York Giants earlier in the off-season is the foremost issue in the minds of the Patriots top brass. With Tom Brady set to play another season at an unprecedented age, pass protection is of key importance in attempting another historical postseason run.
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