NFL DRAFT

Five for the 2019 Draft: Safeties – Early, middle and late prospects that fit what the Patriots are looking for

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As we count down to the 2019 NFL draft, we’ll take the measure of the Patriots by position and offer up five prospects at each spot on the field that should be available early (first round), middle (second day) and late (third day). Now, let’s check out the safeties.

THE SKINNY

The Patriots have to get younger at safety. It’s that simple. The trio of Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon continue to be very good, but they are all long in the tooth, and unless you believe youngster Obi Melifonwu is the answer (the jury is still out there, frankly), this is a sneaky-important position of need for New England this spring.

POSITIONAL PREVIEWS

Offense

Quarterbacks
Running backs
Tight ends
Receivers
Tackles
Guards/centers

Defense

Edge
Interior
Linebackers
Defensive backs
Defensive tackles
Special teams

POSSIBLE EARLY TARGETS

Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State