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News Blitz 4/23: Finding the next wide receiver

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The draft continues to creep closer and closer and most if not all of the local Patriots coverage deals with this weekend’s selection process. New England has 12 picks heading into the three-day extravaganza and opinions vary greatly as to which direction the team might be looking early on.

The Boston Herald looks at several prospects who are potential fits for the Patriots, locking in on a bunch who played in the Big Ten. The mocks drafts are out and the Herald’s selection for New England is Alabama tight end Irv Smith.

Wide receiver is a position that many feel the Patriots could/should be interested in. Among the current depth chart, only Julian Edelman represents a proven, consistent performer at the position. The problem is, the Patriots haven’t always been successful when focusing on wide receiver in the draft.

The Athletic looks at the history and tries to determine what the problem has been.

Linebackers are in focus for the Boston Globe as they continue their position by position breakdown of the draft. NBC Sports Boston looks at edge rushers. The Boston Sports Journal wonders if the Patriots will look for a Trey Flowers replacement. The BSJ also offers seven wide receiver prospects who would make sense for New England.

MassLive.com believes this is the Patriots most important draft in almost a decade.

Various reports indicate the Patriots have shown a lot of interest recently in West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.

WEEI.com notes Benjamin Watson’s decision to come out of retirement could mean a return to New England.

Boston.com asks which of the three finalists should be this year’s selection for the Patriots Hall of Fame.

The Boston Globe highlights the work of some Patriots, including Devin and Jason McCourty, in the area of social justice.

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