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The Patriots used the 83rd selection in the NFL Draft to select WR Brandon Tate from North Carolina. Tate is both a pass-catcher and prolific kick returner, so he provides some versatility. They had a need at WR, but the pick is certainly an interesting one for Bill Belichick.
Brandon Tate tested positive for marijuana during the NFL Combine in February, so he enters the league into the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.
He also is recovering from multiple torn ligaments in his knee, but should make a full recovery. If healthy and clean, Tate would have been a first round pick, so Belichick may have made a nice value pick here.