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Patriots News Blitz 4/15: LBs getting some pre-draft attention

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The draft is now just a little more than a week away and the Patriots have 12 picks at their disposal. What makes the process interesting is that the team could go in any number of ways with its first pick, which is slated to come 23rd overall in the opening round.

Could New England be looking for a tight end or wide receiver? How about a quarterback? Maybe the defense gets some attention, particularly linebacker or perhaps safety?

So, with so much uncertainty it's no surprise that the local media is leaving no stone unturned as it continues its pre-draft coverage. Virtually every position has been tied to New England, and today seems to focus on linebacker.

The Boston Globe believes Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray could be a perfect fit for the Patriots, while offering some other options at the position as well.

ESPN's Mel Kiper predicts the Patriots will select a linebacker in the first round. The Boston Herald looks at Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison.

NBC Sports Boston looks at the pros and cons of drafting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

The Providence Journal believes there's some quality depth at tackle should the Patriots decide to look in that direction next weekend.

The Boston Herald debates the Patriots biggest draft need after tight end. NESN.com looks at how Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm would fit in New England. MassLive.com looks at five tight ends that could be attractive.

The Boston Sports Journal ranks the defensive units among the AFC East clubs.

The Athletic looks back 10 years and explains how the Patriots fell in love with Rob Gronkowski.

With Tom Brady gone, Josh McDaniels has more to prove than Bill Belichick according to WEEI.com.

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