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After trading up, Patriots select Florida CB Duke Dawson at No. 56 overall

Ryan Hannable
April 27, 2018 - 8:55 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots traded up from No. 63 overall with Tampa Bay to No. 56 overall and selected Florida cornerback Duke Dawson.

New England and Tampa swapped picks in the second round and the Patriots also gave up one of their fourth-round picks, No. 117 overall.

Here are three quick thoughts on the newest Patriots cornerback.

-- Playing behind a number of NFL corners, Dawson started his career at Florida first at safety and then at nickel before being a 2017 first-team all-SEC cornerback this past season. Dawson recorded a career-high 34 tackles, including two tackles for loss and picked off four passes. This past fall was the first time he started every game during his collegiate career. Standing just 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, this seemed to drop his stock.

-- Dawson is known for being a good tackler, which is a staple for Patriots cornerbacks and he also has had some special teams experience. He's also known for being a good teammate and a very popular player in the locker room. He will join Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones and Cyrus Jones on the cornerbacks depth chart.

-- Given his size, he's projected as a slot corner or even a safety in the NFL. NFL Draft Scout has him compared to Jairus Byrd of the Panthers because of their instincts.

It appears the Patriots are done picking for the night.