Patriots Links 7/24/09 - Patriots Sign Six Draft Picks

Ron Brace at rookie Mini Camp

The New England Patriots signed six draft picks Thursday.

Signed were second-round picks DL Ron Brace and OL Sebastian Vollmer, third-round pick WR Brandon Tate, fifth-round pick OL George Bussey, sixth-round pick DL Myron Pryor and seventh-round pick WR Julian Edelman. Terms of the agreements were not announced.

In addition, the Patriots waived first-year WR Robert Ortiz and placed rookie RB Eric Kettani and rookie WR Tyree Barnes on the reserve/military list.

Lori Lyons (New Orleans Times-Picayune) New England Patriots' Darryl Richard is running down his NFL dream.

Richard served as Destrehan's Class of 2004 student body president, posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and finished as the class valedictorian. And he left a lasting impression, receiving a standing ovation for his rousing graduation speech.

He left Georgia Tech after four and a half years with two degrees, including a master's in business administration. When a knee injury kept him out of the lineup for the 2005 season, Richard doubled up on classroom hours. He finished his undergraduate degree in three years.

"I'm not one of those guys who are good with down time," Richard said. "I definitely want to have a life after football, and football is, really, a business. You have to think of yourself as a small business. Thanks to my MBA, I think I am prepared for the business of football."

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