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Final 2019 NFL mock draft roundup: Projections for Patriots picks

Final 2019 NFL mock draft roundup: Projections for Patriots picks

No team in the NFL has more draft picks than New England's haul of a dozen selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Combine that with Bill Belichick's propensity to trade up, down, and out of where the Patriots are slotted to pick, and it's shaping up to be a very active three days in the war room in Foxboro.

Following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, tight end is an obvious need heading into Round 1, but will the Pats start there, or address other needs like wide receiver or defensive line?

Phli Perry has been revising his projections throughout the pre-draft process, and here's how he sees things playing out.

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With just a few hours to go until the Cardinals are on the clock, tons of opinions and hot takes are flying, but some experts agree on what they see New England doing with pick #32 tonight.

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But it's not just the first round. New England goes into tonight with six picks in the first three rounds — and a whopping 12 overall. Phil Perry solicited fan feedback to see how the full draft would play out in Foxboro.

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Report: Patriots 'may have an interest' in recently released Gerald McCoy

Report: Patriots 'may have an interest' in recently released Gerald McCoy

The New England Patriots made a transaction on the defensive line when they re-signed Danny Shelton on Monday afternoon. However, the team might not be done adding at the position, and they may have an interest in another defensive tackle who has just become a free agent.

That player is Gerald McCoy. He and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually parted ways on Monday afternoon. It was widely assumed that the Bucs wouldn't keep McCoy around given his $13 million cap hit and the lack of guarantees in his remaining contract. Now, that has come to fruition, and McCoy will be looking for a new team.

According to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, the Patriots "may have an interest" in adding McCoy to the team.

But McCoy has already made well over $100-million. At this point in his career, he figured if he’s going to sacrifice salary, it will be to win a championship with a perennial playoff contender like the New England Patriots, who may have an interest in signing the six-time Pro Bowler and reuniting him with former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett.

If McCoy does want to join a potential contender, the Patriots would make sense. After all, they have made it to the last three Super Bowls, and McCoy could easily find a role on that defensive line. In all likelihood, McCoy would earn a starting job next to either Lawrence Guy or Mike Pennell while the other remaining defensive tackles (Shelton, Byron Cowart, David Parry, Adam Butler among others) would compete for one or two spots on the depth chart.

Still, adding McCoy wouldn't necessarily be easy for the Patriots. They only have about $3.67 million in cap space (per @PatsCap), so if McCoy's demands are higher than that, they would either have to open up space or bow out of the sweepstakes. And they will certainly face competition for his services, so that could drive up McCoy's asking price.

McCoy, 31, had 28 tackles and 6.0 sacks in 14 games last year. He has recorded at least 5.0 sacks in each of the last seven seasons and has 54.5 career sacks, a great number for an interior defensive lineman.

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Todd Gurley is clearly not over Super Bowl 53 loss in latest Instagram ppost

Todd Gurley is clearly not over Super Bowl 53 loss in latest Instagram ppost

It appears Todd Gurley is still not over the Rams loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 judging by his latest Instagram post. 

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Gurley's anti-Boston t-shirt makes sense considering the success Boston has had over Los Angeles lately. Of course, there was Super Bowl 53, where the Patriots held a potent Rams offense to three points and a measly 4.3 yards per play. Gurley was battling a knee ailment but only managed 35 rushing yards on 10 carries despite insisting before the game that his knee was healthy

The Super Bowl was an incredible letdown for Gurley after a spectacular statistical 2018 campaign. He amassed 1,251 rushing yards and 580 receiving yards and led the league in total touchdowns with 21. 

Then there was the World Series, where the Red Sox dispatched the Dodgers in five games, with LA's only win coming in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3. 

Perhaps Gurley and the Rams will rebound this season with hopes of meeting the Patriots in the Super Bowl again. But until then, the Rams' association with Boston won't be a pleasant one for them. 

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