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Patriots Gifted Talented Tight End in the 2019 re-draft

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The New England Patriots won’t get a real chance to repeat the 2019 NFL Draft, but thanks to Pro Football Focus, fans can imagine what could have happened.

In 2019, the Patriots selected N’Keal Harry, who has struggled throughout his NFL career. The wide receiver had just 57 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns.

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But who would the Patriots pick if they got a replay? PFF’s Trevor Sikkema thinks they would take Noah Fant.

“Fant hasn’t made a huge difference in the NFL,” Sikkema said. “But he’s been consistent and has rallied for over 500 yards in each of his last three seasons. That election could also have prevented New England from spending all that money on Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry two offseasons later.”

New England have been looking for a tight end since losing Rob Gronkowski. They might have found an answer fairly quickly if they had voted Fant 32 overall.

Fant had a great start to his NFL career. In three seasons, he has 170 receptions for 1,905 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those are numbers Harry could only dream of. Fant has continued to improve each season.

But that only leaves Patriots fans more wondering about what would have happened if New England hadn’t picked Harry. If Brady had a tight end target, would he have gone to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Maybe he would have spent his entire career with the Patriots?

Fant now has Russell Wilson tossing the ball to him in Denver and it seems like he’s on the verge of another solid season.

If Harry hadn’t been picked in the first round, he wouldn’t have felt the pressure of being picked so early. Even if he hadn’t been selected by New England, his career could have been different.

At the moment Harry seems destined for a new home. The wide receiver continued to disappoint as he didn’t get any serious time at the starters and was mostly relegated to the scout team.

Trade rumors continue to surround Harry and at this point it is believed that New England could outright cut him. His tenure with the Patriots was nothing but a failure.

Harry has been linked with moves to the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals. The Packers are looking for wide receiver help following the departure of Davante Adams and the Cardinals need some help with DeAndre Hopkins being suspended for the start of the 2022 season.

The Cardinals would be an interesting move as it would be a homecoming of sorts for Harry. The wide receiver played his college ball in the state of Arizona and owns a gym in the state.

So PFF opened up old wounds for Patriots fans and showed them what could have been if they had made a different selection in the first round of the 2019 draft. But Harry is still a patriot and his days as a member of the organization seem to be numbered.

So PFF opened up old wounds for Patriots fans and showed them what could have been if they had made a different selection in the first round of the 2019 draft. But Harry is still a patriot and his days as a member of the organization seem to be numbered.

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