The New England Patriots were surprisingly short on space after this season's NFL Draft. When the dust settled, the Patriots had 86 players on the roster, allowing just four potential undrafted free agents to sign aboard. Here's the list.
WR Devin Gardner, Michigan - Gardner is a former quarterback who is trying to convert to wide receiver. Basically, he's a mix of the last quarterback the Patriots took from Michigan and the last quarterback the Patriots tried to convert to wide receiver. He's Tom Edelman. Julian Brady. This can't go wrong, right? Gardner is 6'3, 220 lbs and runs a 6.96 three cone. He's a likely project as a big slot receiver in the form of Tim Wright. The Patriots worked Gardner out in March.
C David Andrews, Georgia - A 6'3, 295 lbs three year starter and team leader, who helped block for one of the best rushing attacks in the league. The Patriots worked Andrews out two in February and he offers practice squad potential and upside.
CB Jimmy Jean, Alabama-Birmingham - Standing at 6'2, 200 lbs, Jean features first-class size to go with his first-class name. UAB's football program is shutting down and Jean could be this year's version of Kyle Arrington, a cornerback from the now-defunct Hofstra football program. Jean is a former basketball player with two years of cornerback experience under his belt. He's a true project. UAB had to share a Pro Day with Samford, and Nick Caserio was in attendance.
S Brandon King, Auburn - King is a strong safety at 6'2, 220 lbs, with a solid 4.49 40 and an explosive 38 inch vertical jump and 10'6 broad jump. Bill Belichick attended the Auburn Pro Day and must've seen something he really liked. King has played safety, linebacker, and defensive end, just like Jamie Collins. King is another project who will likely start as a special teamer if he wants to make the roster.
WR Chris Harper, California - Harper has stated he's signing with the Patriots. Harper stands at 5'11, 180 lbs and plays a similar game to prospect Nelson Agholor. He also signed a large signing bonus ($20,000), so look for him to have a legitimate shot at the practice squad.
DL Vince Taylor, Vanderbilt - The Patriots snagged Taylor away from Oakland and the 6'1, 307 lb defensive tackle will compete for a rotational role on the defense. He would have a similar impact as Kyle Love, but is more than likely a rotational camp body.
LB D.J. Wagner, Bowling Green - Wagner is undersized and is a likely special teams candidate. He stands at 6'0, 250 lbs, and runs a 4.70, so there will be space for him on a roster, but he's definitely a long shot to make the team. Helped lead one of the best defenses in college football in 2013, but was hampered by a knee injury in 2014.
TE Shane Young, Sam Houston State - Hilariously listed by his school at 6'4, 296 lbs, Young is actually 6'3, 250 lbs and isn't an overly athletic player. He has 21 receptions for 287 yards over four seasons.
WR Ed Williams, Fort Hays State - According to NEPD's Mike Loyko, Williams is invited to the Patriots camp on a tryout. Williams is 6'2, 200 lbs, breaks his routes very cleanly and plucks the ball out of the air. He's an extremely raw player and tips to the defender when he's going to go for the ball, so he has a lot of work to do to improve his skills.