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Bonus Weekend Links 4/25/20 - Rounds 2-3: Patriots boldly go Div. 2 with No. 1 pick; Double up at LB, TE

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Daily news and links for Saturday

2020 NFL Draft - Round 1
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Zack Cox points out it’s the final day of the draft and the Patriots have yet to address two of their highest-profile roster needs: Quarterback and wide receiver.
  • Doug Kyed says so much for those ‘New England will use a “premium pick” on a quarterback’ projections.
  • Ryan Hannable recaps a busy Day 2 and resets the table for Day 3 with a look at the six picks the Patriots have on Saturday in the NFL Draft.
  • Doug Kyed writes the Patriots have a pretty solid hit rate when they double up at one position in the draft, and they pulled off the move twice in rounds two and three, with selecting two OLBs and two TEs.
  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: Breaking down the five day-two picks for the Patriots. “The Patriots, as they usually do, prioritized versatility and four-down ability with their five picks.”
  • Tom E. Curran assesses New England’s Day 2 haul, including their risk-taking roll of the dice pick at No. 37.
  • Mike Petraglia looks at what the Patriots were thinking with their first pick of the draft, and a timely reminder not to fall prey to snap judgments. “Here’s the thing to always keep in mind. The scouts don’t ever recommend where to take a player in the draft. They determine the fit for that player in the Patriots scheme.”
  • Zack Cox tells us what to know about the Patriots five draft selections from Day 2.
  • Mike Reiss offers his thoughts on safety Kyle Dugger, the Patriots first post-Tom Brady pick of the 2020 draft.
  • Michael Hurley explains why Bill Belichick’s pick of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kyle Dugger is maybe the most Bill Belichick moment of all time.
  • D.J. Bean calls out the “Division elitists” who are down on the Kyle Dugger pick. “If he can play, he can play.”
  • Doug Kyed tells us New England got two draft needs filled with one pick when they traded up to draft Michigan’s Josh Uche. That’s good business.
  • Mark Daniels says with Michigan LB Josh Uche, the Patriots immediately fill a need. He’s a 6-foot-1, 245 pound athletic edge rusher.
  • Ryan Hannable offers three quick thoughts on: TE Dalton Keene - TE Devin Asiasi - OLB Josh Usch - LB Anfernee Jennings - S Kyle Dugger.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Bill Belichick’s NFL draft strategy isn’t changing because Tom Brady left.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Patriots make their first pick of the draft, surprisingly take a Division II player.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots double-dip at tight end for first time since Gronkowski, Hernandez.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Analysis on every pick from the second and third rounds.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) Analysis of every team’s Day 2 picks. S Kyle Dugger: C — LB Josh Uche: C+ — Edge Anfernee Jennings: B — TE Devin Asiasi: B+ — TE Dalton Keene: B.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Grading every pick of the second and third rounds. Kyle Dugger: B — Josh Uche: B — Anfernee Jennings: C — Devin Asiasi: C+ — TE Dalton Keene: C+.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s dog becomes star of NFL Draft Day 2
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL draft winners, losers: Winner: Kyle Dugger. “Dugger found the perfect landing spot in New England, where Bill Belichick will help him translate his versatility and athleticism into what could be a promising career.”
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL Draft 2020: Day 2 winners and losers. Winners: Bill Belichick and his dog. Loser: Roger Goodell’s efforts to look even remotely comfortable in his own home.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL draft Day 2 winners and losers: Packers do nothing to help Aaron Rodgers.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Draft Day 2 winners and losers. Panthers load up on defense, Packers make more head-scratching moves.
  • Kevin Hanson (SI) Best players still available for final day of 2020 NFL Draft.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) Best players available on Day 3.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) When the draft ends, the chaos begins with undrafted free agency.
  • Highlights (YouTube) NFL’s best kept secret: Lenoir-Rhyne Safety Kyle Dugger. (3.45 min. video)