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The New England Patriots made their first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft early in Friday night’s second round, and they chose to bolster their defense.

The Patriots selected Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger with the No. 37 pick. He should help improve both the secondary and the return game.

Not only did Dugger excel as a defensive back, he tallied six punt return touchdowns in his collegiate career. Dugger also was a four-year starter and is listed at 6-foot and 217 pounds. He was the lone Division II player invited to last year's Senior Bowl.

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New England has become the first team to take a safety from a Division II school in the first three rounds since 2006. The two Patriots starters at safety are Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, and both are 32 years old, so adding some youth at this position makes sense.

Here's a scouting report on Dugger from our Phil Perry:

And another via ESPN's Mike Reiss:

The Patriots acquired this selection and No. 71 overall (third round) from the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday in exchange for No. 23 overall in Round 1.

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