2013 Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Signings

TJ Moe

WIll T.J. Moe make this Patriots roster?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2013 NFL Draft has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean the work is finished. Each year the Patriots find at least one roster player that is signed after the draft. From Justin Francis to Randall Gay of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Patriots have had a lot of success finding UDFA gems.

Here is a breakdown of all the 2013 UDFA siginings made by the Patriots and my thoughts on each one. Remember, NFL off-season rosters expanded to 90 players and the Patriots aren’t anywhere near that limit. They are expected to be much more active in UDFA than last year.

Here is a breakdown of each UDFA signing and their chances of making the roster.

Confirmed Signings:

TJ Moe, WR, Missouri (5114 – 204 – 4.60)
Moe is probably the best of the UDFA signing of the bunch thus far. I was mildly surprised he didn’t get drafted in the later rounds. Lack of straight speed is what likely dropped Moe into the UDFA ranks. It’s going to be impossible for him to avoid being compared to Wes Welker. Moe isn’t fast, but he had one of the best 3-Cone times at the NFL Combine (6.53), displaying his elite quickness and sudden change of direction. Moe is ultra-reliable and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to make catches. Even though his production dipped this past year, he was still the go to target in the Mizzou offense. He’s also a white slot receiver, so naturally he is a Wes Welker clone. Except in this case it actually fits. Moe has a very good chance to make this team. He’s the type of player that once you put him on the field he’s just going to do his thing. At the very least he is on the practice squad and is Amendola insurance. MOe had plenty of interest once he went undrafted and the Patriots were able to lock him up.

Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland (6’1″ – 306 – 5.35)
I speculated prior the draft that the New England Patriots would have interest in Joe Vellano and it turns out they did. Vellano is a max-effort player that leaves it all out on the field. He was an All-American selection as a Junior when he tallied 94 tackles from his DT position. I’d compare Vellano to a cross between Mike Wright and Dan Klecko. Yes he is undersized, yes he is a limited athelte, but he gets off the ball quickly, has an extremely strong upperbody and can win in a 1 gap scheme. Vellano will never give up on a play, even when he is blocked he will fit like crazy to shed and give chase down the fied. Outside of TJ Moe, Vellano has the next best shot to make this roster out of training camp. He’s full of character, heart and determination. This is the type of player that usually makes it after going undrafted. As you can tell I was a fan of his game and I am pleased he ended up in New England.

Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada (6066 – 253 – 4.78)
Sudfeld is a massive inline tight end. I had a feeling the Patriots may draft a tight end late in the draft even though they didn’t draft one, they wasted no time snatching up Sudfeld afterwards. Sudfeld is arguable the best undrafted tight end. Sudfeld was one of the most productive TE in the country last year posting a 45-598 – 9 stat line. Sudfeld lacks strength, only repping out 11 times at 222, and it’s probably the reason he dropped out of the draft. With the Tight End being so important to the Patriots offense, it’s important they continually add young depth at the position and that is what Sudfeld is.

Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida (6013 – 306 – 5.21)
Grissom was one of my top 225 prospects and a Senior Bowl invite. Nicknamed “Porkchop”. Grissom is likely a back-up at nose tackle or a rotational 4-3 tackle. He lacks much range and doesn’t penetrate, but what he can do is clog up things in the middle. He has an above average anchor, can take on double teams and flashes the ability to shed blocks in tight spots. Grissom won’t make many plays, but he will eat space for others around him. It seems as though each year the Patriots find value on the DL through UDFA and Grissom is an example of that. He could have very easily been selected in the 6th or 7th round.

Matt Stankiewitch, OC, Penn State (6026 – 302 – 5.42)
This is the first time we see the Bill Belichick dig into his Bill O’Brien – Penn State pipeline. Stankiewitch was a combine invite and one of the consensus top 6-7 centers in the draft. A Rimington Trophy finalist. Stankiewitch is adept as using his hands and can lock up defenders to anchor. He likely adds training camp and roster depth behind Ryan Wendell, who is a free agent after 2013. Stankiewitch has an outside shot at making the roster, but is Practice Squad material.

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Cincinnati (6’1″ – 193 – 4.54)
Thompkins was another combine invite. A junior college player that planned on attending Tennessee until Lane Kiffin’s departure left him hanging. Thompkins has experience playing out the outside and in the slot while at Cincinnati. Thompkins has good height and decent speed. He will add depth to the rebuilt wide receiver corps.

Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech (6’2″ – 229)
Allen is one of the most decorated college kickers of all time. He is a two time Ray Guy award winner and All-America. Allen was one of the Senior Bowl punters and if not for Jeff Locke, Allen would be the consensus top Punter in this year’s draft. Ryan Allen provides legit competition for Zoltan Mesko who hasn’t had any during the past two training camps. Competition is never a bad thing and Allen has a chance to stick.

Quentin Hines, RB, Akron (5’9″ – 191)
Hines was a backup running back for the Zips – totaling 194 yards on 35 carries, including one 70 yard run. Hines also played on special teams, returning a few kickoffs.

Brandon Ford, TE, Clemson (6’4″ – 245)
Ford caught 40 balls for 480 yards in Clemson’s dynamic offense, scoring eight touchdowns. Ford can play both tight end and H-back, and has shown a good blend of athleticism. He ran a 4.7 forty and has enough savvy running routes to be an NFL player down the road.

Stephon Morris, CB, Penn State (5’8″ – 188)
Morris has failed to pick off a pass since his freshman season for the Nittany Lions, although he has been active in the run game – notching 5 tackles for loss. Morris ran a 4.38 forty, which will get you noticed this time of year.

Elvis Fisher, OT, Missouri (6’5″ – 296)
Fisher is slightly undersized at less than 300 pounds, but Fisher moves well for a big boy and was a team captain for Missouri. He has suffered multiple shoulder injuries, which contributed to him not getting drafted.

Chris McDonald, OG, Michigan State (6’4″ – 300)
McDonald is Patriots OL Nick McDonald’s little brother. He played guard for the Spratans and showed some promise, but got beat badly at times. He has some physical tools and a good football IQ, so Coach Scar definitely has some clay to work with.

Brandon Jones, CB, Rutgers (6’0″ – 191)
Jones led the Rutgers defense with five interceptions in 2012, also contributing nine pass breakups. His 4.56 forty likely contributed to him not being drafted, but he does have some ball skills – some even project him as a receiver.

Josh Kline, OL, Kent State (6’3″ – 307)
Kline had a very impressive pro day, running a 5.0 forty and showing some lateral movement skills. Kline played all five positions for Kent State and was part of a potent rushing attack featuring Dri Archer last year. Kline had a private workout with the Patriots earlier in March.

Kanorris Davis, SS, Troy (5’10″ – 211)
According to Gil Brandt, Davis “ran the 40 in 4.60 and 4.65 seconds, had a 37-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump, did the three-cone drill in 7.07 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.20 seconds, and did 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.”

Ben Bartholomew, FB, Tennessee (6’2″ – 245)
Bartholomew was invited to the Raycom All-Star game this off-season. He played some TE in addition to his time at fullback. He was able to catch 10 passes for over 100 yards and a score.

Dwayne Cherrington, DL, Mississippi State (6’2″ – 345)

Ryan Osiecki, QB, New Haven (Tryout)

Mike Zupancic, LS, Eastern Michigan

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Patriots UDFA, TJ Moe

39 Responses to “2013 Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Signings”

  1. Nik says:

    Bentley OT Nick Halloran has been invited to rookie camp by Pats per Boston.com

  2. Alan says:

    With the 19 UDFA’s listed above, and the recent cuts, the Patriots’ roster count is 89, one less than the maximum allowed.

  3. David L says:

    You made a good call on Vellano. After you suggested the possibility I looked at his video and he is a play making hustler.

    Woodhead was known to be a stout blocker and is one reason he could line up in the backfield on passing downs. T.J. Moe is supposed to be a good blocker as well. Thinking he would be a good backup to Vereen AND Amendola based on his lateral quickness. He is slow though in his straight line speed.

    Agree McGuffie’s concussions make him an unlikely candidate in the NFL.

    Ryan Allen is a left footed kicker. The ball spins differently and will cause occasional problems for returners.

  4. Stephen S says:

    Yes glad to see the addition of Joe Vellano

  5. Casey says:

    Pretty sure Elvis Fisher’s injuries were knee related as well. Might want to check on that.

    Moe should be good though. Given time to mature and grow, he could out produce Welker and Amendola. You never know.

  6. Nik says:

    According to @NFLDraftBible: Mississippi State NT Dwayne Cherrington to Patriots. #CountryStrong

  7. Samer Ismail says:

    Supposedly on his Twitter account Crist said he’s actually going to the Chiefs, not the Pats.

    In any case, what to make of the fact that the Pats haven’t even brought in an UDFA QB?

  8. Alan says:

    By my calculations, the 14 UDRFA’s listed above gives the Patriots a total of 90 players on its roster, which is the limit for training camp.

  9. Raps says:

    Well, lost Harrison, Vernon, McGuffie

  10. Tom Jones says:

    Bugger! They lost Luke Marquardt to the 49ers. Was hoping the Slater connection would help them there.

  11. S.W. McMahan says:

    Im dissapointed that Da’Rick Rogers signed elsewhere. I wouldnt be surprised if the Pats had no interest due to the immense character flaws though. Im not worried about him in Buffalo though. Nobody can throw him the ball. Kolb blows, and EJ Manuel is about as accurate a passer as Chuck Knoblauch was throwing to first base.

    • KDog413 says:

      The Pats signed Kenbrell Thompkins. If things had broken a bit differently, he could have been a starting WR for the Volunteers. The Pats signed him as rookie free agent. Everyone talks so much about Rogers. He seems like a jerk who abandoned his teammates on Tennessee. Sure, Rogers is an athlete but this kid has big-time athletic talent too and is building his character. It would be great to see him make the team.

      Check out:

      http://www.newsrecord.org/sports/article_32f369fa-974f-11e2-83c2-0019bb30f31a.html

  12. Tom Jones says:

    like the Sudfeld signing – this bleacher report page on him reads like 2 months in the weight room would turn him into a Gronk clone

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1595640-zach-sudfeld-scouting-report-nfl-outlook-for-nevada-te

  13. Matt says:

    They should sign Da’rick Rodgers, Conner Vernon, cierre wood, Kevin redidck and tony Jefferson with the quickness…But it’s BB so none of these players will get picked up

  14. acm says:

    Hines is an interesting prospect – very quick and fast, good in the passing game too.

  15. VaasMontella says:

    Sam Mcguffie would be a good sign, they should bring him

  16. Tom Jones says:

    What about DeQuinta Jones the DT from Arkansas? Seems to have optimal size and was on some draft charts.

  17. patsfan says:

    anyone have an updated list of undrafted OC,OG,OTs. Think that is a spot they should focus on. Also, I think Harrison would be a good pick up. Might as well make it 4 for Rutgers.

  18. Henry Carmen says:

    Anyone who studies the draft has got to have a man crush on Conner Vernon. Dude is tough and catches everything. Dayne Crist is going to be a great addition to the practice squad. His game is so interesting because he cycles through his reads very well. Knows when to check down to his RB or Hback. Had minimal talent at Kansas, and not enough time at Notre dame. Really excited to see him play, and hopefully makes enough waves to land a spot on the practice squad.

  19. acm says:

    Also undrafted:

    WR Da’Rick Rogers
    WR Courtney Gardner
    Wr Devonte Christopher
    DT Lawrence Okoye
    DT Joe Vellano
    LB Kevin Reddick
    LB Jake Knott
    LB Chase Thomas
    LB Phillip Steward
    FB/RB Zach Line
    RB Cierre Wood
    RB Miguel Maysonet
    S Tony Jefferson
    S Robert Lester
    S Ray Ray Armstrong

  20. Prodigy says:

    Dayne Crist confirms to being signed by the Pats on Facebook

  21. Nick says:

    I hope they bring in Mark Harrison. They would have a very nice receiver group.

  22. Dennis says:

    I don’t know much about these guys, except ive seen Vernon play, tore up the ACC, four year starter, returner, would have an edelman type role and good addition to the PS

    • J H TARBORO says:

      youtube Sam Mcguffie

      • Dennis says:

        I remember his high school videos, remembered him going to michigan too… Danny Woodhead 2.0?

        • Duuude says:

          Nah. Woodhead was an unbelievably productive college RB, albeit Div II. McGuffie was a high school YouTube sensation with concussion issues who seems to run into contact and always gets the worst of it.

          Also: Woody is tough enough to block or cut NFL blitzers, whereas McGuffie couldn’t keep his grandma from getting to the QB.

          I’ll buy you a steak if McGuffie makes anyone’s roster.

  23. Gaurav says:

    Via his twitter, the Patriots have signed Stephon Morris-CB-Penn State

  24. J H TARBORO says:

    Harrison no brainer! Sam Mcguffie could be special,explosive and a fit, hell bring em all.






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