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Patriots draft pick N'Keal Harry was 'praying' New England would take him at pick 32

Patriots draft pick N'Keal Harry was 'praying' New England would take him at pick 32

It's safe to say former Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry is thrilled to be a member of the New England Patriots, and who can blame him? The rookie wideout will have a chance to catch passes from the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady.

Harry was the second and final wide receiver selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night. In an interview with the Patriots, Harry admitted he was really hoping to get a call from the defending Super Bowl champions at pick No. 32.

"When that ball is in the air, I'll do anything to go get it," Harry says in the video.

Patriots fans will love hearing that, and Brady probably does, too. Harry is the type of physical wide receiver who can make difficult catches in traffic that New England has not often had over the last decade or so. Josh Gordon has the talent and size to be that kind of pass-catcher, but the veteran wideout currently is suspended indefinitely. 

This stat from Pro Football Focus shows where Harry ranked among wide receivers in the 2019 draft class when it comes to making contested catches.

Harry is the first wide receiver Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has ever drafted in the first round. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver tallied 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns for the Sun Devils last season.

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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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