Update on Patriots’ draft class signing information
|05.25.10 at 4:17 pm ET|
We ran a complete breakdown of the Patriots’ 12 draft picks and their representation back on May 6, and now that two picks have signed, we figured this is as good a time as any to update the information. (Signing information on last year’s deals was culled from the always awesome Mac’s Football Blog.)
First-round pick Devin McCourty: The cornerback out of Rutgers is represented by PlayersRep, led by Andy Simms and Nate Haber. Worth noting: McCourty has expressed an interest in signing a deal as soon as possible, and the agency has a history with the Patriots — the two sides negotiated the Ron Brace deal last year. (Haber tweeted recently “We sincerely look forward to negotiating rookie deals w the Patriots, Lions, Rams, Cowboys, Redskins, and Colts this summer.”) By way of comparison, last year’s 27th overall pick (UConn running back Donald Brown) signed a deal with the Colts that was for five years and $12.835 million with $6.845M guaranteed.
Second-round pick Rob Gronkowski: The tight end out of Arizona is represented by Drew Rosenhaus of Rosenhaus Sports. Worth noting: Rosenhaus has worked closely with the Patriots on a number of deals over the last few years, including former Patriots Jabar Gaffney, Chris Hanson and Larry Izzo, as well as current Patriots running back Fred Taylor and cornerback Darius Butler.
Second-round pick Jermaine Cunnigham: The Florida product is represented by Jon Perzley and Brian Mackler of Sportstars. Worth noting: Current Patriots cornerback Jonathan Wilhite is also represented by Sportstars. They also serve as the agency for Seattle wide receiver Deion Branch, and while Branch had a different agent handling his affairs, they were still part of the same agency when the wide receiver was traded after a contract dispute in 2006.
Third-round pick Brandon Spikes: This Florida linebacker, taken 62nd overall, lists Terry Watson of Watson Sports Agency — based in Atlanta — as his agent. Worth noting: By way of comparison, last year’s 62nd overall selection (defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks out of Auburn) received a four-year deal worth $3.117 with $1.361M guaranteed.
Third-round pick Taylor Price: The wide receiver out of Ohio signed a four-year deal worth $3.35 million on May 25.
Fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez: David Dunn of Athletes First is serving as the agent for the former Florida star. Worth noting: Dunn has a long history with the Patriots. The agency has served as representation for former Patriots’ quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Matt Cassel. In addition, Dunn also reps current Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and Brandon Meriweather.
Fifth-round pick Zoltan Mesko: The punter out of Michigan is also listed as being part of the Athletes First roster. Worth noting: It’s probably apples and oranges because he’s a punter, but for comparisons sake, linebacker Jasper Brinkley (last year’s 150th pick, who ended up with the Vikings out of South Carolina) ended up with a four-year deal worth $1.936M with a $186,000 signing bonus.
Sixth-round pick Ted Larsen: The offensive lineman out of North Carolina State signed a four-year, $1.87 million contract on May 18, the first member of the draft class to sign a deal.
Seventh-round pick Thomas Welch: Welch, an offensive lineman who attended Vanderbilt, is represented by Pat Dye, Jr. of Profile Sports. Worth noting: Welch is represented by the same agency that worked for former Patriots Heath Evans and Benjamin Watson.
Seventh-round pick Brandon Deaderick: The former Alabama defensive lineman lists Perennial Sports and Entertainment as his representation. Worth noting: If you’re a defensive lineman in the AFC East, this appears to be a popular choice — other clients who are repped by the same agency include New York Jets’ defensive lineman Kris Jenkins, Miami defensive linemen Randy Starks and Travis Ivey and Buffalo defensive lineman Lonnie Harvey.
Seventh-round pick Kade Weston: Not available.
Seventh-round pick Zac Robinson: Robinson is the third member of the Athletes First client list that was selected by the Patriots in this year’s draft. Worth noting: The Oklahoma State quarterback is in good company — in addition to serving as the agency for Bledsoe and Cassel, the quarterback-friendly agency also represents several other active signal-callers, including Mark Sanchez, Matt Schaub, Kerry Collins, Matt Hasselbeck, A.J. Feely, Kyle Orton and Pat White.