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2019 NFL Draft rumors live blog: Latest first-round news, reports, buzz

2019 NFL Draft rumors live blog: Latest first-round news, reports, buzz

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft will take place Thursday night in Nashville, and the rumor mill is in overdrive.

A lot of the trade rumors involve Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft by Arizona and had a good-not-great rookie season. The Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and the top prospect is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, there's no need to keep Rosen on the roster going forward.

How many teams would trade for Rosen? One team linked to the UCLA product has been the New England Patriots, who have 12 picks (tied for the most) in this draft. The Patriots don't have a worthy successor to Tom Brady on their roster right now, so it wouldn't be shocking if they took a QB in this draft or made a trade.

Much of the other buzz includes teams that might trade up or down in Round 1. If Murray or another top prospect starts to slip, we might see some action later in the night. Many of the quarterbacks taken in the first round over the last few years were selected by teams that traded up for that particular player. The best recent case was the Kansas City Chiefs moving up to No. 10 in 2017 to take Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who just won the NFL MVP award.

Keep it right here throughout the night as we track all the notable trade rumors, reports and overall buzz from the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

11:42 p.m.: The Giants and Falcons have traded back into the first round.

11:09 p.m.: The Redskins are back in the first round, and they didn't give up a ton to do it.

10:43 p.m.: We're starting to see a little more trade action in the last third of Round 1.

9:26 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded up to the No. 10 pick in a deal with the Denver Broncos. Here are the details.

The Steelers used the pick to select Devin Bush.

8:34 p.m.: Notes on the Jets (No. 3 pick) and Josh Rosen.

8:08 p.m.: With Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen in the fold, the Cardinals now have a surplus at quarterback.

7:57 p.m.: The Oakland Raiders need a pass rusher, and Nick Bosa was one of the best in college football last season.

7:41 p.m.: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been the projected No. 1 pick in just about every NFL mock draft. 

7:05 p.m.: Could the Texans be looking to trade one of their elite pass rushers?

6:22 p.m.: Here are some teams that could move up in the first round.

6:15 p.m.: Could a trade between AFC East rivals be brewing?

5:30 p.m.: Could the Giants wait and not pick a quarterback in the first round?

5 p.m.: The Patriots draft board reportedly is small.

4:33 p.m.: Sounds like the Cardinals have narrowed their options with the No. 1 pick down to three names.

4:23 p.m.: Could we see a little movement in Round 1? Here's the latest.

2:40 p.m.: Could the Patriots trade up for Iowa tight end Noah Fant? Here's what Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst said on a recent podcast.

"But I've been told the Patriots will seriously consider trading up for Fant. That's how much they like him."

2:10 p.m. ET: Let's start off with some rumors from earlier in the day.

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Why Kyle Van Noy expects Patriots' success to continue despite offseason losses

Why Kyle Van Noy expects Patriots' success to continue despite offseason losses

The New England Patriots have sustained incredible success in recent years despite losing some pretty big names to free agency or trades.

But this offseason seems worse than others ... right? Don't tell that to Kyle Van Noy.

In an interview Tuesday with NFL Network's Willie McGinest, the Patriots linebacker explained why he expects the Patriots to continue that success despite an exodus of notable players and coaches, among them all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores.

"(Head coach) Bill (Belichick) does a really good job of the culture being set with the players that have been there for their tenures," Van Noy said, pointing to veteran leaders like Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and, of course, Tom Brady.

"When that culture is set, it doesn't matter, we all have the same goal in mind and that's just to win."

Van Noy is well aware of the roster turnover -- he let out a "Wow, look at that list" -- when shown the lengthy list of ex-Patriots that includes several assistant coaches.

But much like Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs, Brady, Belichick and the Patriots have created a culture of winning that allows them to not only compete but win championships despite significant roster turnover.

It sounds like Van Noy, who's won two Super Bowls since coming to New England in 2016, is fully bought in.

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One study shows Patriots have second-best fans in the NFL

One study shows Patriots have second-best fans in the NFL

Patriots fans aren't tired of winning, and it shows. 

According to one study, the Patriots have the second-best fan base in the NFL. Emory University business professor Michael Lewis conducts the report annually, and has listed the Patriots as No. 2 for the past two years. Lewis's model takes into account fan equity — home box office revenue — social equity and road equity. The study measures social media engagement and revenue as well as home and road attendance. 

In the top tier with the Dallas Cowboys (1) and Patriots are the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. 

Notably, the Pats have some recent history with two of the bottom-feeder fan bases. New England beat the Kansas City Chiefs — the 31st-best fan base — in the AFC Championship. This might be surprising because of Arrowhead Stadium's reputation for being raucous, and Lewis predicts the Chiefs are in a solid position to improve in the rankings: 

"The problem is that the Chiefs lack pricing power and do not have much of a social following (I use Twitter)," the study said. "However, the Chiefs and Browns are probably the best positioned teams to make moves up the charts the next few years."

Also, the Los Angeles Rams — whom the Patriots bested in last year's Super Bowl — rank dead last among fan bases. The recent move from St. Louis and abundance of teams in the area certainly plays a part in the poor following, but Jared Goff and the Rams certainly could've used a few more cheers last February. 

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