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Patriots Drop a Big Hint About Which Position They're Targeting in the Draft

Max Staley
The Patriots could be targeting someone to complement N'Keal Harry.
The Patriots could be targeting someone to complement N'Keal Harry. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The New England Patriots' plans are always shrouded in mystery. But even the most secretive organizations can occasionally drop a hint or two. And taking a look at which positions the Patriots have brought in for the most pre-draft meetings with actually reveals quite a bit.

That's right, even after drafting wide receiver N'Keal Harry with their first-round pick in 2019, the Patriots have met with a whopping 12 wideouts thus far.

In addition, the position with the second-most meetings is tight end – another area of need for the team.

Last season, Julian Edelman was the only WR or TE that racked up at least 400 receiving yards in Foxboro, so it's no surprise that the organization is looking for an upgrade to the receiving corps.

This is also particularly interesting given that New England doesn't have a second-round pick, as this suggests the Patriots could be leaning toward taking a WR in the first round in back-to-back seasons. For reference, the Patriots hadn't picked a WR in the first round since Terry Glenn in 1996, so this would mark a significant change for Bill Belichick as the Pats head into a season without Tom Brady as their starting quarterback for the first time since 2001.

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