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NFL Rumors: Patriots to 'seriously consider' trading up for Noah Fant

NFL Rumors: Patriots to 'seriously consider' trading up for Noah Fant

There's a good chance Noah Fant won't be on the board when the New England Patriots pick 32nd in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

... But what if the Patriots pick before No. 32?

In a podcast Thursday, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline suggested there's no chance "whatsoever" the Iowa tight end will slide to the Patriots at No. 32 overall.

He then added this:

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

Fant, who caught 39 passes for 519 yards and seven touchdowns for Iowa in 2018, arguably is the second-best tight end in the draft behind former Hawkeyes teammate A.J. Hockenson.

The 6-foot-4, 249-pound tight end has been on the Patriots' radar, too: Bill Belichick watched Fant run an impressive 4.5-second 40-yard-dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, then brought him in for a pre-draft visit earlier this month.

Our own Phil Perry has Fant going No. 30 overall in his latest NFL Mock Draft, so New England shouldn't have to move up too much. And with 12 draft picks at their disposal, the Patriots certainly have the flexibility to snag Rob Gronkowski's potential replacement if they see fit.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

The Raptors saw an estimated 1.5 million people flood the streets of Toronto on Wednesday for the team's first NBA championship parade.

Tom Brady's reaction? Challenge accepted.

Here's the New England Patriots quarterback's simple yet effective tweet upon seeing the massive turnout in Toronto:

Brady knows a thing or two about highly-attended championship parades: Roughly 1.5 million people came out in Boston just four months ago to watch the Patriots celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title.

That attendance number was a record for the city's many Patriots title parades, but it appears the Raptors matched that Monday.

So, Brady and Co. will just have to win a seventh championship to raise the bar yet again next February.

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