NFL Rumors: Patriots to meet with Johnathan Abram, top safety prospect

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Johnathan Abram has caught the eye of several NFL teams ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, and the New England Patriots reportedly are one of them.

The Patriots have a visit lined up with the former Mississippi State safety, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday.

Abram projects to be one of the top safety prospects in the draft after running a 4.45 40-yard dash during an impressive NFL Scouting Combine workout.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Mississippi native recorded nine tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 2018 while earning second-team All-American honors. He'll probably go in the late first- or early second round, and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller recently projected Abram as the Patriots' first-round pick at No. 32 overall in his latest mock draft.

The Patriots don't have a pressing need at safety with Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon and Obi Melifonwu all returning in 2019. But McCourty and Chung both are on the wrong side of 30, so New England is smart to look ahead at the position.

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