FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots opted to continue to shore up the team’s offensive line, drafting Stanford right tackle Cameron Fleming with the 140th overall pick in the fourth round.
Fleming, 6-5 and 323 pounds, was a second team All-Pac 12 selection in 2013 for the Cardinal. He majored in aeronautics and astronautics.
His head coach at Stanford, David Shaw, said Fleming is a quick and explosive player for his size.
“The bottom line is he doesn’t get beat,” Shaw said.
According to a CBS Sports scouting report, he has “at least fair initial quickness as a run blocker, occasionally firing out when he needs to get to the second level. Powerful drive blocker. Latches on and controls opponents, keeping his feet moving through contact to move the defender off the ball.”
Among his weaknesses, according to the scouting report, Fleming is “a bit lead-footed in pass coverage, struggling against speed rushers. Struggles with balance, coming off the ball too high. Drops his head on contact, relying on his power to knock defenders onto their heels but leaving himself vulnerable to swim moves.”