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NC State QB: Learning from Tom Brady, Patriots would be 'dream come true'

NC State QB: Learning from Tom Brady, Patriots would be 'dream come true'

There's no better quarterback to learn from than New England Patriots star Tom Brady, and one lucky QB in the 2019 NFL Draft could be fortunate enough to get that opportunity.

The Patriots enter the 2019 NFL Draft with several different positional needs, most notably tight end, offensive and defensive lines, as well as wide receiver. Another area that could be addressed is quarterback. The Patriots still don't have a real successor to Brady, who despite coming off his sixth Super Bowl victory is still 41 years old. 

One potential fit for the Patriots in the middle rounds is North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley, who was recently asked on NFL Network what it would be like to be drafted by New England. It's safe to say he'd be pretty happy with that outcome.

"Obviously, that would be a dream come true for me, going and just being able to learn from Tom Brady and just being able to have somebody of that caliber mentor you," Finley said. "I think that's what all of us quarterbacks are looking for. Just a great situation to learn and continue to grow as players. Obviously, learning from Tom and a number of other guys in the league would be really a blessing."

Finley completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,928 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a senior for the Wolfpack last season. 

NFL.com projects Finley as a third-round pick. The Patriots have three third-round selections (Nos. 73, 97 and 101), so it wouldn't hurt to take a chance on a quarterback at that stage of the draft.

The Patriots reportedly held visits with a few other quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class, including West Virginia's Will Grier and Duke's Daniel Jones.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals mindset for Super Bowl title defense in Twitter photo

Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals mindset for Super Bowl title defense in Twitter photo

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady certainly has enjoyed his offseaason, but if his latest tweet is any indication, the six-time Super Bowl champion is ready to immerse himself in preparing for the 2019 NFL season.

Brady posted a photo to Twitter on Wednesday with a caption that illustrates his readiness for New England's upcoming Super Bowl title defense.

No team has repeated as Super Bowl champions since Brady and the Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII for its sixth championship in franchise history back in February.

The Patriots lost several key players this offseason through free agency and retirement, including defensive end Trey Flowers and tight end Rob Gronkowski. That said, the Patriots do have 12 picks (tied for the most of any team) in this week's 2019 NFL Draft, so reinforcements are on the way.

Besides, when you have Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as head coach, that's really all you need, right? 

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Prototypical Patriots: Big bodies and versatile defensive tackle options abound

Prototypical Patriots: Big bodies and versatile defensive tackle options abound

No matter what the Patriots do over the three days of the NFL Draft, their defensive front will have a new look in the 2019 season.

Malcolm Brown and Danny Shelton are both gone, while New England added Mike Pennel in free agency.

Should Bill Belichick look to add defensive linemen this weekend, he could go for some big bodies in the vein of Brown and Shelton, or he could opt for lighter interior linemen similar to Lawrence Guy.

Based on past players in Belichick's system, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry has evaluated which players in this year's draft could be fits in Foxboro.

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