(Fifth in a position-by-position look at the Patriots leading into the draft)
Personnel: Matt Light, Nick Kaczur, Mark LeVoir, Wesly Britt, Ryan O'Callaghan, Damane Duckett
Short-term need: Minor. Every offensive tackle on the roster from last season returns.
Long-term need: Moderate-to-high. Kaczur, the starting right tackle, has a deal that expires after the 2009 season. Light is signed through 2010. While LeVoir, Britt and O'Callaghan have been utilized in short stretches, and have proven to be effective, questions remain if they would be long-term answers.
Quick hit: When the Patriots scout offensive tackles, smarts and athleticism are two of the main areas of focus. Tackles on the roster all had high Wonderlic scores coming out of the draft, and it was commonplace to see Light pulling at times from the left tackle spot last season (e.g. Raiders game when he hurt his shoulder).
Prospects that could be on the radar in the draft or rookie free agency: William Beatty (UConn), Gerald Cadogan (Penn State), Troy Kropog (Tulane), Andy Levitre (Oregon State), Kraig Urbik (Wisconsin), Jason Watkins (Florida)
* Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide used as reference