Morning sports update: An inside look at the Patriots draft room and Bill Belichick’s call to N’Keal Harry

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Bill Belichick, seen here during Super Bowl LIII, picked a wide receiver in the first round for the first time in his career as Patriots head coach. –AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

The Bruins won Game 1 of their second round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime, 3-2. Weymouth native Charlie Coyle, who the Bruins added in a midseason trade, scored both the tying goal in the third period as well as the game-winner in overtime.

And Michael Chavis homered in a 7-3 Red Sox win over the Tigers. It’s the rookie’s second home run in five games since being called up.

N’Keal gets the call: Holding the final pick of the NFL draft’s first round on Thursday night, the Patriots’ draft room calmly settled on wide receiver N’Keal Harry to be the team’s choice.


“It’s Harry for me,” Bill Belichick said.

After calling the pick into the team’s representatives at the draft in Nashville, it was time to let Harry know. Belichick’s call to Harry was predictably understated, but nonetheless momentous. Here’s video of the moment:

Trivia: Patriots first round pick N’Keal Harry was born in Toronto, Canada. Who is the highest drafted Canadian born player in NFL history? (Check the bottom of the article to find the answer).

Hint: ESPN recently made a documentary about him. He was famously labeled “The Incredible Bulk” on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1989.

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Daily highlight: N’Keal Harry’s “are you kidding me?” catch last year at Arizona State.

Trivia answer: Tony Mandarich