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Did you see the New England Patriots taking Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger with their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?

Safety was a need for the Patriots given the age of veteran starters Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, but many experts did not predict Dugger would be the second player at his position drafted. In fact, we had him at No. 4 on our safety rankings entering the draft.

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The Patriots clearly were impressed with Dugger, who New England drafted with the No. 37 overall pick in Round 2. His ability to excel on special teams -- six punt return touchdowns in his college career -- could see him make an immediate impact as a rookie even if he doesn't see many reps in the secondary.

The selection of Dugger, as you might imagine, caught some Patriots fans off guard, especially those who were hoping New England would take Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet at that spot in Round 2.

Here's some notable Twitter reaction to the Patriots taking Dugger in the second round:

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