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Apparently Patriots' interest in QB Lamar Jackson wasn't what it was being hyped as

Ryan Hannable
April 27, 2018 - 12:40 am

FOXBORO -- Over the last few weeks, there was a ton of hype when it came to the Patriots and quarterback Lamar Jackson, but there was a question of whether or not the reported interest was real or more of a smokescreen. 

Based on what happened in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, the hype couldn't have been too real.

New England passed on the Louisville product twice, as Jackson was on the board when the Patriots selected both at No. 23 and 31 overall. Jackson ended up by being selected by the Ravens with the last pick in the first round.

Speaking following the first round, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was asked about their interest in Jackson, but he didn't give much.

"There were a lot of players that we talked about that we went through," he said. "Our process is pretty thorough. We spend a lot of time on a lot of different players. There's a lot of players that we talk about. We picked a couple of players tonight and have an opportunity in the second round tomorrow. We're going to pick another two players, if we pick, or if we have an opportunity to move some things around [we won't pick two players]. There's a lot of discussion about a lot of players. I mean look, we can only pick so many and in this case we can only pick two, and sometimes you can only pick one. We talk about a lot of guys I would say on a regular basis and it is pretty fluid and then in the end we try and pick the players we feel are best for us."

New England selected offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn out of Georgia at No. 23 and then running back Sony Michel, also out of Georgia, at No. 31.

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