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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.

Click here for Phil Perry's analysis of N'Keal Harry>>>

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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