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The Patriots traded out of the fourth round, getting the Lions’ third-round pick in 2019. That’s six trades New England has made, drafting only three players thus far.
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Apparently, the end of the first round is all about great defensive teams getting better on defense while ignoring their offensive issues. First, the Jaguars added a defensive tackle to cut the time opposing quarterbacks have to throw from 0.0004 to 0.0003 seconds. Now the Vikings鈥攚hose offensive line is really spotty鈥攁re setting themselves up with even more secondary depth.

Mike Hughes is a tough, alert underneath defender who gets a quick break on the ball. He’s dynamic with the football in his hands. He lacks ideal size but compensates with toughness and quick feet.

Hughes transferred from North Carolina to a JUCO to Central Florida amid a sexual assault allegation, which only became public one week before the draft. No charges were filed, and Hughes has been forthright with teams. He was suspended for an unrelated incident in 2015.

Nick Easton Jersey Bottom line: Barkley will make the Giants better immediately, take pressure off Eli Manning and help the work-in-progress offensive line find itself. But while Barkley is more of a Todd Gurley than a Richardson, it’s important to note that Pat Shurmur coached Richardson to a grinding 3.6-yard-per-carry season in 2012, and that Gurley proved in 2016 that even a great running back can only do so much when the system around him goes kablooey. If Manning’s play continues to slip, the line doesn’t jell or the defense doesn’t rebound quickly, the Giants will wish they went in a different direction with this pick.

Hurst, the top-rated player on Mel Kiper’s big board heading into Dee Ford Authentic Jersey the final day of the draft, was the second Michigan player taken. His teammate, Mason Cole, was selected in the third round, 97th overall, by the Arizona Cardinals.

Hurst’s selection ends a hard slide down draft boards after he was flagged for a heart condition at the NFL combine in February. Hurst, considered by many to be a first-round talent, was later cleared to participate in Michigan’s pro day in March.