New England Patriots draft N’Keal Harry

Sun Devil wide receiver selected with the 32nd pick of the first round

The New England Patriots saved the best draft choice of the first round for last by selecting Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry on Thursday.

Quarterback Tom Brady tweeted his approval of the draft pick by saying, "Glad to have you N’Keal. Big things ahead, excited to work with you."

Harry stands at 6-foot-2, which gives the Patriots a big target to throw to in the outside. With the retirement of tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots passing offense will likely go in a different direction under Brady and it may start with Harry.

During a press conference with Patriots reports after the first round, Harry was asked about his playing style.

"I play with a lot of passion," Harry said. "Whenever that ball is in the air, I'll sacrifice anything to go get it."

Harry totaled 213 catches for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns in 37 career games in three seasons at Arizona State.

Harry visited the Patriots' facility before the draft and got a different side of head coach Bill Belichick, a side that is not usually available to anyone else.

"I feel like a lot of people just think of him as just an uptight person, but he was very relatable," Harry said. "We were in there smiling, cracking jokes, so I got a very good vibe from him."

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