Patriots start setting up agreements with undrafted free agents
|07.26.11 at 12:10 am ET|
As of Monday night ‘ with some help from our pals over at NEPatriotsDraft.com ‘ we have been able to find out that the Patriots have been able to reach agreements with six undrafted free agents. (Undrafted free agents cannot officially sign until Tuesday at 10 a.m.) Here are quick thumbnail sketches of each player:
Cal kick returner/wide receiver Jeremy Ross: The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Ross ‘ a college teammate of Patriots’ second-round draft pick Shane Vereen ‘ Tweeted out the information of his signing himself early in the evening. He finished his career second on Cal’s all-time punt return average list with an average of 15.2 yards per punt return (31 returns, 471 yards, one TD), behind only the 16.7 posted by DeSean Jackson (2005-07). In addition, he totaled 2,287 all-purpose yards (201 rushing, 764 receiving, 471 punt return, 851 kick return), with an average of 53.2 yards per contest. The 23-year-old played in 43 games with 14 starts, recording 57 catches for 764 yards (13.4 ypr) and three touchdowns. Here’s video of him in action.
Akron offensive tackle Corey Woods: A huge prospect ‘ he checks in at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds ‘ Woods is a four-year starter who has some positional versatility (he could ultimately move to guard at the NFL level).
Auburn offensive lineman Mike Berry: A 6-foot-3, 316-pounder who cleared a path this past season for Cam Newton, he’s an interior lineman who played mostly guard. (For what it’s worth, his brother initially posted a Tweet saying Berry had signed with New England, but the Tweet was immediately taken down. Not sure what this means, but it bears watching.) Regardless, here’s video of him in action.
Rutgers defensive end Alex Silvestro: A college teammate of last year’s first-round pick Devin McCourty, the 6-foot-3, 267-pound Silvestro was a three-year starter with the Scarlet Knights who led Rutgers with 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks this past season, earning defensive MVP honors for the Scarlet Knights. A defensive end who has played some defensive tackle over the course of college career.
Iowa linebacker Jeff Tarpinian: A 6-foot-2, 235-pounder who played for former Bill Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, he had 93 tackles over his collegiate career, finishing his senior season with a career-best 47 tackles and a pair of sacks. A former defensive back who moved to linebacker in 2007, he was an academic all-Big 10 all four years with the Hawkeyes. There’s a big buildup, but you have to figure the video below was the highlight of his collegiate career.
Texas offensive tackle Kyle Hix: Hix is a Texas product who checks in at a massive 6-foot-7 and 319 pounds. He started 11 games at left tackle last season and helped Texas average 382.5 total yards per game, including 232.0 passing yards and 150.5 rushing yards.