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Multiple Patriots testifying at Mass. State House on education inequality

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Multiple Patriots testifying at Mass. State House on education inequality

Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Matthew Slater, and Duron Harmon testified before Massachusetts lawmakers Friday to raise awareness about inequality in education.

The New England Patriots players, who are all members of the Players Coalition—an advocacy group of NFL players -- testified in support of the Massachusetts Education PROMISE Act.

Lawmakers gave a round of applause for the four Patriots as they entered the room, which can be seen in this video from ESPN's Mike Reiss:

If passed, the bill would raise education spending in Massachusetts by more than one billion dollars per year "by increasing funding for school employee health care costs and special education services, as well as the base rate of funding districts get for low-income students and English language learners," according to Boston.com.

The goal of that increased funding would be to reduce the "wide disparities between rich and poor communities" in the state's education system.

This type of cause fits into the mission of the Players Coalition. Further, the McCourtys, as well as Slater and Duron Harmon, have been outspoken members of the Patriots during their tenure, and have consistently been involved with these types of efforts off the field.

In 2017, Matthew Slater received the Bart Starr Award, one of the NFL's most prestigious honors, which is given annually to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field.

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2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

After many long months of scouting and preparation, the time has come for teams to make the first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Round 1 will take place Thursday night in Nashville, where the Arizona Cardinals will open the night with the No. 1 overall selection. 

Unlike previous years, the quarterback class isn't amazing, but that isn't likely to stop multiple teams from addressing this important position in the first round. This draft class is most deep and rich at talent on the defensive side of the ball. There are several defensive lineman and defensive backs who project to be very good NFL players, and we should here many of their names on the first night of the draft.

The New England Patriots will close out the first round at pick No. 32 as the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Patriots have traded out of the first round on several occasions during Bill Belichick's tenure, but there haven't been any recent reports suggesting New England is looking to move down from No. 32.

Here's the updated first-round draft order. We will add every pick to the right team as it happens, so be sure to follow this article throughout Thursday night. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET.

1. Arizona Cardinals
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New York Jets
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. New York Giants
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Detroit Lions
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Denver Broncos
11. Cincinnati Bengals
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Miami Dolphins
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Washington Redskins
16. Carolina Panthers
17. New York Giants (via Cleveland)
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Tennessee Titans
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City)
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots

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2019 NFL Draft live stream: Watch all 32 first-round picks online

2019 NFL Draft live stream: Watch all 32 first-round picks online

After many months of mock drafts, player rankings and trade rumors, the 2019 NFL Draft finally is here.

Nashville will play host to the first round on Thursday night, where the future of nearly every team will be greatly impacted.

The Arizona Cardinals have the No. 1 overall pick, and the most likely candidate for that selection is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy last season. If Murray is taken, what does that mean for Josh Rosen's future in Arizona?

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will end the first round with pick No. 32, unless they trade the selection. New England has 12 picks in this draft, including six over the first three rounds, so Bill Belichick has plenty of ammo to make a move up in Round 1 if he wants to be bold.

Here's how to watch the 2019 NFL Draft online.

When: Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN

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