Running down Patriots rookie class and their representation
|05.10.13 at 8:00 am ET|
With draft picks throughout the league starting to sign contracts, it’s not too early to look at the Patriots draft class and their status. To kick off New England’s signing season, here’s a look at each draft pick, their respective representation, some information on their agency’s history (possibly involving the Patriots), as well as contractual information from the same pick from the 2012 draft. The information is based on the latest paperwork filed with the NFLPA.
Second round (52nd overall): OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss: Collins is repped by James “Bus” Cook and Donald Weatherall. Cook is perhaps most famous for serving as the agent for former quarterback Brett Favre, another Southern Miss product. (With that in mind, it was interesting to hear Collins talk about receiving career advice from Favre as part of the pre-draft process. Saying he was just trying to “get the scoop on how things go” during the predraft process, he went fishing with Favre, and he said the quarterback texted him multiple times during the pre-draft process.)
The 52nd overall pick in the 2012 draft was linebacker Zach Brown out of North Carolina, who was taken by Tennessee. Per Rotoworld, he signed a four-year, $3.858 million contract that was worth $2,201,413 guaranteed — a $1,246,036 signing bonus and Brown’s base salaries in years one and two. 2013: $565,377, 2014: $740,754, 2015: $916,131.
Second round (59th overall): WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall: Dobson’s agents are Isaac Conner and Chad Speck. The 59th overall pick in 2012 was defensive end Vinny Curry — also out of Marshall — who was selected by the Eagles. According to reports, Curry signed a four-year, $3.23 million deal that included a $807,950 signing bonus and has base salaries of $493,720 (2013), $697,440 (2014) and $751,160 (2015).
Third round (83rd overall): CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers: One of three picks out of Rutgers, Ryan is represented by Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who are perhaps best known for their work with Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis. They have worked with the Patriots on behalf of a handful of clients over the years, including running back Mike Cloud. The 83rd pick in 2012 was wide receiver Mohamed Sanu — also out of Rutgers — who signed a four-year deal with the Bengals. According to Rotoworld, that deal was worth $2,713,252. The contract included a $563,252 signing bonus, and base salaries of $490,000 (2013), $590,000 (2014) and $680,000 (2015).
Third round (91st overall): DB Duron Harmon, Rutgers: According to the Sports Agent Blog, Harmon is repped by Rodney Edwards of Goal Line Sports. Edwards has represented several former Patriots in the past, including defensive linemen Bobby Hamilton, George Bussey and Myron Pryor. Last year’s 91st overall pick was Southern Miss tackle Lamar Holmes, who went to the Falcons. Holmes signed a four-year, $2.633 million contract that included a $533,600 signing bonus.
Fourth round (102nd overall): WR Josh Boyce, TCU: Boyce is represented by Carter Chow (the son of well-known college football assistant Norm Chow) who works as part of the firm Yee & Dubin, which reps well-known Patriots like Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. (In fact, Boyce was able to connect with Brady when he cae to Foxboro on a visit using the fact that they have the same agency as an ice-breaker.) Kirk Cousins was taken by the Redskins with the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, and the Michigan State product signed a four-year, $2.5 million deal with Washington.
Seventh round (226th overall): DE/OLB Michael Buchanan, Illinois: Buchanan has Fletcher Smith as his agent. Last year’s 226th pick was center David Molk out of Michigan, and he signed a four-year, $2.16 million deal with the Chargers.
Seventh round (235th overall): LB Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers: Beauharnais is represented by Brian McLaughlin and Mook Williams of Symmetry, which is headquartered out of Boston. The Patriots also had the 235th pick of the 2012 draft, and chose wide receiver Jeremy Ebert out of Northwestern. Ebert signed a four-year contract worth a total of $2.148 million, which included a $48,200 signing bonus.