Patriots Rookie Free Agents: Jon Opperud, OL, Montana

On Friday, the New England Patriots announced the signing of another rookie free agent, as they agreed to terms with Jon Opperud, an offensive lineman out of the University of Montana. Opperud, 22, was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a UDFA in April, but was released last week.

Opperud (6'7, 300 pounds), was a three-year starter at Montana. As a true freshman, Opperud saw action all over the place as a true freshman, and earned the starting left guard job in 2009. The coaching staff then transitioned him to their starting left tackle for his final two seasons.

Opperud becomes the eighth undrafted rookie free agent and third offensive lineman to be signed by the Patriots. He will join Jeremiah Warren out of South Florida and Markus Zusevics out of Iowa. As for what kind of player the Patriots will be getting in Mr. Opperud, check out the scouting report done by Pro Football Weekly on him:

Tall, slow-footed, FCS blocker who played tackle and guard as a three-year starter. Relies on positioning and technique to control defenders, as he is not strong enough to generate power on his own. Is intelligent, tough and competitive, though his intangibles outpace his athletic ability.

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