Eight undrafted free agents linked to Patriots as draft comes to a close
|04.27.13 at 8:47 pm ET|
As the NFL draft came to an end, teams started signing rookie free agents, and the Patriots were no exception. Almost as soon as the draft finished up on Saturday, eight names were attached to the Patriots:
•Cornerback Stephon Morris: The Penn State product is a 5-foot-8. 188-pounder who was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) in 2012. He tweeted the news he signed with New England.
•Running back Quentin Hines: Hines has been in multiple programs (Cincinnati, Murray State, Akron) as a collegian, but ended up with 35 carries for 194 yards and a touchdown last season with the Zips. The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder was a backup last season, but averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He confirmed the news via Twitter.
Long snapper Jason Stegman: The Southern Illinois product stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 232 pounds, and played in 33 games the last three seasons for the Salukis, where he handled the long snapping duties all three years. His signing was reported by several outlets. (UPDATE: News of his signing was apparently a hoax.)
•Tight end Zach Sudfeld: You can never have enough tight ends. The Nevada product stands 6-foot-7 and checks in at 255 pounds. He started all 13 games this season for the Wolfpack and caught 45 passes for 598 yards to go along with nine touchdowns. He confirmed the news via Twitter.
•Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins: The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder out of Cincinnati started the past two seasons with the Bearcats. He had 34 receptions for 541 yards and two touchdowns as a senior after posting 44 catches, 536 yards and two touchdowns the prior year. His signing was reported by various outlets.
•Center Matt Stankiewitch: The second Penn Stater that signed with New England, Stankiewitch is a 6-foot-3, 302-pounder who started the last two years for the Nittany Lions. In 2011, he started all 13 games and led the team in snaps played with 966. Stankiewitch was named the offense’s Most Improved Player in 2012 spring practices. In his senior year, Stankiewitch started all 12 games for Penn State. He was named to the Coaches All-Big Ten first-team. He confirmed the news via his personal Twitter account.
•Defensive tackle Cory “Pork Chop” Grissom: A 6-foot-2, 306-pounder from South Florida who started 40 games over the last four seasons for the Bulls, including every game the last three years. Last season, he finished with career highs in tackles (38), tackles for loss (seven) and sacks (2.5). His signing was reported by a handful of media outlets.
•Wide receiver: T.J. Moe: Moe is a 5-foot-10, 204-pounder out of Mizzou who caught 94 passes the last two seasons — 54 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns as a junior and 40 passes for 399 yards and one touchdown last season. The biggest thing that sticks out about Moe is that he was one of the best at the combine when it came to the 3-cone drill this past season — the drill, which showcases footwork and agility, is a favorite of the Patriots’ personnel evaluators. He confirmed the news via his personal Twitter account.
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