Patriots select wide receiver Tyquan Thornton with 50th overall pick


The New England Patriots have made their move for a wide receiver.

Bill Belichick and Co. traded up four slots in the second round with the Kansas City Chiefs, landing wide receiver Tyquan Thornton out of Baylor University in exchange for the 54th and 158th overall picks in the draft. 

Thornton, 21, played in 42 games at Baylor over four seasons, catching 143 passes for 2,242 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a senior last fall, he caught a career-best 62 passes for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns, finishing second in the Big 12.

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A native of Miami, Florida, the 6-foot-2, 181-pound Thornton ran a blistering 4.28 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

Thornton is the first player selected by the Patriots from Baylor since 2006, when they drafted defensive back Willie Andrews in the seventh round.

Only N'Keal Harry (first round, 32nd) and Chad Jackson (second round, 36th) have been drafted higher by Belichick among wide receivers than Thornton, who went at No. 50.

Thornton joins a wide receiver room consisting of DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor and -- for now -- Harry, the disappointing 2019 first-round pick.

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