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2018 NFL draft: Patriots select LB Christian Sam with the 178th overall pick

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New England made another pick.

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The New England Patriots have made their fourth pick of the 2018 NFL draft: With the 178th overall selection, the team selected linebacker Christian Sam out of Arizona State.

#178

Name: Christian Sam

Position: Linebacker

School: Arizona State

Size: 6010, 244 lbs

Analysis: An agile defender, Sam has the ability to cover running backs and tight ends in the open field. He’s a record-setting tackler, racking up 225, along with 16 tackles for loss, 5 passes defended, 2 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles over his two seasons as a starter. Sam possesses NFL size, speed, and quickness, but isn’t exceptional in any of those categories. He could be a solid long-term solution for the Patriots that doesn’t earn league-wide accolades.

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