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Patriots’ Harris Has Skills Needed to Thrive in New England

Kevin Duffy Boston HeraldMay 20, 2019

FOXBORO — The Patriots’ 2019 draft, a pivotal weekend for the future of the franchise, went mostly as expected.

The front office provided Tom Brady with a physical target on the perimeter in N’Keal Harry. The Pats took a second-round defensive back for the ninth time since 2008. They addressed needs at offensive tackle and defensive end.

The one pick that qualified as a mild surprise: Alabama running back Damien Harris in the third round.

The selections says something about how the Patriots value the position. They took Harris at No. 87 overall just one year after drafting Sony Michel in the first round. Over the past 20 years, only one other NFL team spent a top-100 pick on a running back the year after selecting one in the first round (the Lions drafted Jahvid Best at No. 30 in 2010 and then nabbed Mikel Leshoure at No. 57 in 2011).

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