New England had contact with plenty of prospects over the last few weeks.

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"Later today Jacob Bailey Buffalo Bills Jersey , the first round of the 2019 NFL draft will take place in Nashville, and the New England Patriots will be the final team on
the clock courtesy of their victory in the Super Bowl three months ago. Who they
will ultimately end up picking is up in the air given their current needs, draft
capital, and the fact that the club had some form of reported pre-draft contact
with dozens of players throughout all positions.Let’s take a closer look at
those positions to find out which were the most active ones for the Patriots and
who they have spoken to according to our pre-draft tracker — and what this might
mean in the grand scheme of things. (S = Senior Bowl meeting; C = combine
meeting; P = pro day meeting; W = workout; V = top-30 visit)Wide receiver: 16The
Patriots were active this offseason when it comes to upgrading their wide
receiver position, but as their pre-draft activity shows they are likely far
from done. All in all, the team had reported contact with 16 players over the
last few weeks — including potential early round targets such A.J. Brown, Deebo
Samuel, N’Keal Harry, Riley Ridley, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Beyond those
five, combine standout Miles Boykin and slot targets Andy Isabella and Hunter
Renfrow are names to watch.Defensive edge: 16After parting ways with both Trey
Flowers and Adrian Clayborn earlier this offseason, the Patriots have shown a
keen interest in this year’s edge defender group. Potential first-round
prospects such as Clelin Ferrell and Montez Sweat had no reported contact with
the world champions, however, which could mean that the club would rather invest
in developmental mid-round options.Defensive tackle: 9New England’s defensive
tackle group is solid as it stands right now — despite Malcom Brown and Danny
Shelton no longer being a part of it — but players like Jerry Tillery or
Dre’Mont Jones would still be good additions in rounds one and two,
respectively. As is the case at the defensive edge Color Rush Jacob Bailey Jersey , however, the bulk of pre-draft meetings were conducted with more developmental players.Tight end: 8The Patriots need to add
talent to their tight end group after losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement last
month — and their list of pre-draft contact reflects this. While top prospect
T.J. Hockenson is not on the list, potential day one/day two options Noah Fant,
Irv Smith Jr. and Jace Sternberger are. All three would add upside to the group,
with Fant a particularly intriguing option given his outstanding pass-catching
abilities.Quarterback: 5The Patriots don’t need to draft a quarterback with Tom
Brady still showing no signs of slowing down. With the GOAT turning 42 in
August, however, investing in a developmental passer would be a solid decision —
especially if done in one of the mid or later rounds. That being said, spending
a day two pick on Will Grier or Tyree Jackson could also pay dividends for the
club.Running back: 5With Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon
Bolden all under contract, the need to invest in another running back is a small
one. Nevertheless, the Patriots did meet with some potential targets that might
become interesting in one of the later rounds.Offensive tackle: 5While the
Patriots face plenty of uncertainty at offensive tackle after losing Trent Brown
in free agency, they have been relatively quiet when it comes to working out
players at the position ahead of the draft. The biggest name among the five
reported meetings certainly is Dalton Risner, who could come off the board on
day one and would give the Patriots insurance in case 2018 first-rounder Isaiah
Wynn is not yet fully recovered from his Achilles injury.Cornerback: 5Just like
running back, cornerback is a deep position on New England’s current roster:
Stephon Gilmore was an All-Pro last year Youth Jacob Bailey Jersey , while Jason McCourty and rookie J.C. Jackson both played at a high level. The Patriots also have 2018 second-round draft choice Duke
Dawson and slot corner/core special teamer Jonathan Jones under contract, which
means that the position is pretty set for 2019 and — with the exception of
impending free agent Jones — beyond. The Patriots still took a look at some
cornerbacks during the pre-draft process, however, with Rock Ya-Sin as the
biggest name on the list.Linebacker: 4None of the linebackers who met with the
Patriots this offseason is expected to be drafted early, and it would be a
surprise if the team picked a player at the position in the first two rounds.
After all, New England has a solid and still young core led by Dont’a Hightower
and Kyle Van Noy together with Elandon Roberts and 2018 rookie Ja’Whaun
Bentley.Safety: 4Nasir Adderley, Taylor Rapp, and Johnathan Abram are three of
the top safeties in this year’s draft — and as such players to watch on the
first two days of the event. While different in style, all three would be
intriguing additions to New England’s group as rotational options and even
potential heirs to Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, respectively.Offensive
guard: 3While right guard Shaq Mason is under contract through the 2023 season,
his counterpart is scheduled to hit free agency next year. Consequently, the
Patriots might opt to invest in a guard early this weekend to find a long-term
replacement for starting left guard Joe Thuney. If doing so, Chris Lindstrom
would be a logical target as one of the best interior offensive linemen the
draft has to offer — a player who could also kick outside to play tackle.The
main question with pre-draft meetings, at least when it comes to projecting what
the Patriots will do, is whether or not they mean anything. Let’s take a look
back at the last three years to find out how much pre-draft contact actually led
to the team investing a draft pick or free agency check in a player.Last
year Womens Jacob Bailey Jersey , the Patriots drafted nine players — five of them had pre-draft contact with New England: first-round selection Sony Michel spoke with
the club at the combine, while Duke Dawson, Christian Sam and Braxton Berrios
all were brought in for top-30 visits. Furthermore, Keion Crossen was worked out
privately by the club as well.While the team was in touch with the majority of
its draft picks, it did not have any reported form of contact with a member of
its undrafted rookie class.In 2017, New England drafted a league-low four men
and spoke with half of them before the event: the team brought offensive tackle
Antonio Garcia in for a top-30 visit and worked out defensive edge Derek Rivers
at the Youngstown State pro day. Both Garcia and Rivers were later drafted in
the third round.Besides meeting with the two future draft picks, New England
also had contact with three players who would join the team as undrafted rookie
free agents: defensive backs Damarius Travis and D.J. Killings both met with the
team at their respective pro days, while defensive tackle Josh Augusta was
brought in for a visit.In 2016, the Patriots were more active on draft day and
picked a total of nine players. Of those nine, three met with the team before
the draft: wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien as well as
cornerback Cyrus Jones. Tight end Bryce Williams, later signed as an undrafted
free agent, also had pre-draft contact with New England.As can be seen, the
majority of players picked in the two previous drafts never had any reported
meetings with the Patriots. Last year, however, was different as five of nine
draft choices was in contact with the club at one point during the process.
Could 2018 be an outlier or a general change in the club’s pre-draft behavior?
We will find out over the next few days. In the NFL Authentic Jacob Bailey Jersey , 35 is considered old. Few players make it over this threshold and still remain successful among colleagues that are in a lot of
cases more than 10 years younger. However, those who do survive in the league
that long are oftentimes still at the top of their game, especially at positions
that pose a slightly different athletic challenge than most. The quarterback
spot is the best example, and 2018 serves as a perfect reminder of that.39-year
old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Los Angeles Chargers’
36-year old Philip Rivers are both in the middle of arguably their best seasons
to date. The Pittsburgh Steelers’s 36-year old Ben Roethlisberger, meanwhile,
and soon-to-be 35-year old Green Bay Packers passer Aaron Rodgers also still
play at the same high level as they used to in their earlier days in the NFL.And
then, there is Tom BradyAt 41, he is the league’s oldest quarterback (and oldest
non-kicker in general) and he keeps defying expectations of what being an older
play in the NFL means. Since turning 35 in the offseason leading into the 2012
season, Brady has led the New England Patriots to two Super Bowl trophies, and
has won a combined three MVP awards (one regular season, two in the title
game).2018 is more of the same. While Brady’s statistical output looks
comparatively pedestrian when compared to his ridiculously productive last three
seasons, he still is very much in the conversation as the league’s best
quarterback. And even though he finds himself in unchartered territory for
players his age he keeps adding to his already legendary r?sum? — and according
to the man himself, he plans to keep doing it.“I’d like to go till I’m 45,”
Brady told NBC Sports’ Peter King after Sunday night’s victory over the Green
Bay Packers and fellow old man quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “I know I said that a
hundred times, and no one believes me. But I mean Jacob Bailey Jersey Boys , I feel good. I could go play another game tomorrow. I know what to do. It’s fun. What else would you rather do than run out in front of
70,000 people and throw a football?”While Brady regularly pointed out his goal
of playing until turning 45, he put on a more cautiously sounding tone this
offseason. Of course, his remarks also left plenty of room for interpretation:
he told Oprah Winfrey that he thinks about retirement more than he used to and
also spoke in an interview with his own TB12 brand about “seeing the end line
now.” His most recent statements, however, leave little doubt about what he
wants to do.Brady being asked about hanging up his cleats is nothing new. Back
in 2014, for example, the then-37-year old told WEEI that he will retire when
his game is no longer up to the lofty standards he sets for himself. “When I
suck, I’ll retire,” the future Hall of Famer said before continuing: “I don’t
plan on sucking for a long time.” We are nine weeks into the 2018 season and
Brady is still far from sucking. 45 seems to be as realistic as it has ever
been.
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