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The one need the Pats didn't fill was tight end. "Filling" Gronk's shoes with a rookie is impossible so I think that their thoughts all along were that they'll pick up someone on a trade or pulling a guy out of retirement. Most likely, it'll be a trade for a TE in the last year of his rookie contract or something like that.

I wasn't surprised to see a wide receiver picked first (Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry). I didn't think we had a need at cornerback as I thought last year ended up very well but some of these guys will be retiring soon and apparently this guy is a monster (Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams). A defensive end in the third round made total sense (Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich) and apparently he's good. A running back in the 3rd round (Alabama running back Damien Harris) was a bit strange. It's not like we have a need there but apparently this guy was highly rated (3rd best by some accounts) and too good to pass up. Tackles, guards and a late round cornerback were also good uses of picks. We did grab a QB in the 4th round (Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham) who, with a little time, might work out according to people who know these sorts of things - or at least think they do. He'll have time as he won't be expensive picked that late. We also nabbed a punter (Stanford punter Jake Bailey) who might be needed next year with Ryan Allen only on a 1-year deal.

The Patriots are going to need to start filling positions with cheaper alternatives. I think this was the start of that. Apparently they've also signed 10 undrafted rookies. It has to be. They'll give Brady a sweet send-off contract I imagine and paying for that will hamstring the team for a number of years. Having cheaper players in development now might help with that.

We will see how many of these guys are still around in September.

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