Patriots Rookie Free Agents: Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa

Shaun Prater #28 Markus Zusevics #56 and Jordan Bernstine #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate after a turnover to the Missouri Tigers was overturned late in the fourth quarter of the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28 2010 in Tempe Arizona.

The Patriots have reportedly added another rookie free agent, and it's another offensive lineman. According to Jack Bechta of the National Football Post, the New England Patriots have signed rookie free agent offensive lineman Markus Zuzevics of Iowa.

Zusevics, at 6'5" and 303 lbs, was a college tackle who could likely play guard as well in the NFL. He was considered by most to be a sixth or seventh round pick, but was unable to work out at the combine due to a pectoral injury. He's a lineman I really like. He's got decent length, good athleticism with the ability to get out to the second level on his blocks. He's smart but also can be physical and aggressive at the point of attack. When it comes to his technique, he's certainly got some work to go. However, working with Dante Scarnecchia at the Patriots coaching department should help him in that area.

Overall, Zusevics seems like a solid pick-up who could surprise some and compete for a roster spot, especially with the recent retirement of tackle Matt Light.

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