2019 NFL Draft: Patriots select Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams in second round

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With the 45th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams.

New England traded up to take the 6-foot-3, 208-pound defensive back, parting ways with picks 56 and 101 to acquire pick No. 45 from the Rams.

In 2018, Williams tallied four interceptions and 61 tackles with the Commodores.

NBC Sports Boston's own Phil Perry writes of Williams. . .

With rare size to match up with bigger-bodied receivers, one could certainly envision the Patriots overlooking Williams' 40 time (4.55 at his pro day) and taking him in the first couple of rounds. Belichick himself noted recently that at some point the Patriots are going to have to keep up with the trend of receivers getting bigger and bigger, answering with a longer coverage option.

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