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Tom Brady's agent starting a league for non-NFL-eligible players

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Tom Brady's agent starting a league for non-NFL-eligible players

Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, and former NFL wideout Ed McCaffrey have founded a new professional football league for players who have graduated high school but aren't yet in college and are not NFL-eligible. 

It's called the Pacific Pro League, and it plans to hire players this winter for games that will occur in the summer of 2018. It will be a four-team league, with 50 players per team, based in Southern California that projects it will pay players an average salary of $50,000 for eight games. Players will also receive paid tuition and books at local community colleges, according to a statement sent out by the league. 

"We're hoping to do a good job developing players for pro football," Yee told Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports, "as well as helping them find a path for life outside of football."

The idea is to give football players that have graduated high school -- but haven't been out of high school for three years -- an opportunity to train professionally. 

"In every other sport you can think of, even global sports, young and emerging talent is about to be professional directly from high school or even younger," Yee told Vice. "The only outlier is football. I felt it should no longer be an outlier."

The Pacific Pro League's advisory board includes former NFL coach Mike Shanahan, former NFL official and current analyst for FOX Mike Pereira and ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.

Updated 2019 NFL Draft order for second and third round picks on Day 2

Updated 2019 NFL Draft order for second and third round picks on Day 2

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, and now all 32 teams will turn their attention to the second and third rounds taking place Friday night in Nashville.

The New England Patriots should be among the busier teams on Day 2 with two picks in the second round and three in the third round.

We saw several trades Thursday in which second- and third-round picks were swapped between teams. Here's the updated draft order for the second and third rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

ROUND 2
33. Arizona
34. Indianapolis (via Jets)
35. Oakland
36. San Francisco
37. Seattle (via Giants)
38. Jacksonville
39. Tampa Bay
40. Buffalo
41. Denver
42. Cincinnati
43. Detroit
44. Green Bay
45. L.A. Rams (via Atlanta)
46. Indianapolis (via Washington)
47. Carolina
48. Miami
49. Cleveland
50. Minnesota
51. Tennessee
52. Denver (via Pittsburgh)
53. Philadelphia (via Baltimore)
54. Houston (via Seattle)
55. Houston
56. New England (via Chicago)
57. Philadelphia
58. Dallas
59. Indianapolis
60. L.A. Chargers
61. Kansas City
62. New Orleans
63. Kansas City (via L.A. Rams)
64. New England

ROUND 3
65. Arizona
66. Pittsburgh (via Oakland)
67. San Francisco
68. N.Y. Jets
69. Jacksonville
70. Tampa Bay
71. Denver
72. Cincinnati
73. New England (via Detroit)
74. Buffalo
75. Green Bay
76. Washington
77. Carolina
78. Miami
79. L.A. Rams (via Atlanta)
80. Cleveland
81. Minnesota
82. Tennessee
83. Pittsburgh
84. Kansas City (via Seattle)
85. Baltimore
86. Houston
87. Chicago
88. Detroit (via Philadelphia)
89. Indianapolis
90. Dallas
91. L.A. Chargers
92. Seattle (via Kansas City)
93. N.Y. Jets (via New Orleans)
94. L.A. Rams
95. N.Y. Giants (via New England, Cleveland)
96. Washington*
97. New England*
98. Jacksonville (via L.A. Rams)*
99. L.A. Rams*
100. Carolina*
101. New England*
102. Baltimore*

*compensatory picks

Click here for a list of all 32 first-round picks>>>

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Here are Patriots' options at tight end with T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant off the board

Here are Patriots' options at tight end with T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant off the board

The two top-tier tight ends in the 2019 NFL Draft are off the board.

Iowa's T.J. Hockenson went eighth overall to the Detroit Lions and his teammate Noah Fant went 20th to the Denver Broncos.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the Patriots are SOL in the TE department.

There’s Alabama’s Irv Smith, Dawson Knox from Ole Miss, Jace Sternberger from Texas A&M, Kahale Warring from San Diego State and Foster Moreau from LSU all remaining on the board. Within that group alone there’s a variety of talents the Patriots can target. And all should be on the board at No. 32 and into Friday.

Meanwhile, there’s been no run at all on wide receivers yet. All are still on the board so, with the bottom tier of the first round closing in, we’ll see if Bill Belichick is interested in veering off his “no first-round wideout” philosophy.

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