Posts Tagged ‘Undrafted Free Agents’

Beating the Odds: Seven Undrafted Rookies Make Patriots’ Initial 53-Man Roster

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Zach Sudfeld wasn’t the only undrafted rookie to catch on with the Patriots this summer. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Being one of the best 53 players on an NFL team is a baseline goal for both veterans and rookies, alike. It’s not about what a player accomplished elsewhere, or what round a player was drafted in; it’s about what a player can accomplish in the present and the future.

And whether you’re a prized acquisition or a long shot, that song remains the same.

Just ask New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick and the Patriots brass trimmed New England’s roster down to 51 players before the 6 p.m. deadline on Saturday, Aug. 31. Among the notable moves, five-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson was placed on injured reserve, 2011 second-round defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was waived/injured and 2010 fifth-round punter Zoltan Mesko was released.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, tight end Zach Sudfeld, offensive linemen Braxston Cave and Chris Barker, defensive tackles Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, as well as punter Ryan Allen.

All of whom made the tentative cut as undrafted rookies. (more…)


Patriots’ Undrafted Defensive Tackles Can’t be Taken Lightly

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Jamie Collins NFL Draft

The Patriots chose to add speed and athleticism during the draft. Afterwards, they ordered some beef.

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots drafted seven players over the weekend. The list of Bill Belichick pick-ups included two wide receivers, two defensive backs, two edge-rushers and an inside linebacker. Each choice addressed a need, and it was a good haul by most standards.

But one position was notably missing from the draft pile: defensive tackle.

Even with USC and Canadian Football League standout Armond Armstead and ex-Oakland Raiders Pro Bowler Tommy Kelly in the fold, many still considered interior pass rush a top draft priority. Some were clamoring for a Kawann Short from Purdue, or a Jesse Williams from Alabama, or even a Bennie Logan from LSU.

The Patriots, obviously, weren’t listening.

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Patriots Draft Review: How Did New England Fare in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Aaron Dobson Patriots

The success of the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft might hinge on the development of Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. (USA Today)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The 2013 NFL draft came to an end Saturday, but the careers of 254 draft picks have just begun. We won’t know who will end up a bust or who will end up in Canton, but we do know who the New England Patriots selected over the course of three days this April.

And with that, it’s time to reflect upon the draft day decisions of head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the rest of the Patriots staff.

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NEPD Mailbag: UDFA Edition

Friday, May 11th, 2012

What are Forston's chances to make the 53 man roster this fall?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

I’m not going to lie to you guys, somehow the fact that I write a mailbag column every Friday completely spaced my mind this week.

It’s a product of the offseason and how much I’m currently concentrating on the 2013 draft class, but that’s no excuse.

Luckily, I got one very good question on the Patriots undrafted free agents.

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NFL Lockout Over: UDFA’s On Tap

Monday, July 25th, 2011
Rich Eisen NFL Lockout

On your mark... Get set.... Go! Free Agency madness begins now.

Whew. Rich Eisen of the NFL Network can go to sleep. You can put Albert Breer into cryo-storage until 2021 rolls around. Yes, the NFL lockout is officially over.

Starting tomorrow, however, all heck is going to break loose, with rookies (drafted and undrafted) being allowed to sign starting at 10am eastern.

We’ll be here to tell you where every undrafted free agent signs for the fourth year straight. If you want to get prepped, you can check on who we feel are some of the best undrafted prospects left after the 2011 NFL Draft.

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