The 2018 NFL draft is over, which means that it is time to turn the focus towards undrafted free agency. The New England Patriots, of course, are one of the most attractive destinations for unselected college players because they know that they will be given a fair shot to compete under Bill Belichick. After all, the team has an active 14-year streak of at least one undrafted player making the 53-man roster.
The Patriots currently have 17 open spots on their 90-man offseason roster and they probably still need more depth at linebacker and potentially also safety and tight end. Don’t be surprised if the Patriots signed a few more cornerbacks, running backs and defensive linemen as camp bodies, too. In short: Look for the team to be rather active over the next few days.
We will track all of the rumors and additions here. Feel free to post signings you see in the comments.
Patriots undrafted free agency signings
CB A.J. Moore, Ole Miss (5110, 202 lbs): Moore earned a starting role as Ole Miss' nickel cornerback in 2017 and finished the season with 48 tackle and three broken up passes. The 5'11 defensive back ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at his pro day, a number that is better than the scouting combine's average. (via Mike Loyko)
TE Shane Wimann, Northern Illinois (6040, 252 lbs): A first-team All-MAC selection in 2017, Wimann finished his rookie season with the Huskies with 30 catches for 283 yards and seven touchdowns. While he is a project especially when it comes to blocking and athleticism, Wimann comes with adequate size and experience. (via Mark Daniels)
P Corey Bojorquez, New Mexico (6000, 200 lbs): After serving as the Lobos' primary punter for the last two seasons, Bojorquez now enters the Patriots' roster as an undrafted rookie. In his final season in New Mexico, he kicked the football 67 times for an average of 47.3 yards. 12 of his kicks turned into touchbacks, while 25 were fair-caught. (via University of New Mexico)
DT John Atkins, Georgia (6027, 321 lbs): The third Bulldog to join the Patriots this draft cycle, Atkins was as two-year starter at Georgia. Primarily a run stopper, he finished his senior season – the most productive of his four-year college career – with 38 tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery. (via Jason Butt)
CB J.C. Jackson, Maryland (5096, 201 lbs): A quick defender that is noted for his physicality, Jackson appears to be best suited to play in the slot at the next level. The junior defensive back was a two-year starter at Maryland and registered 40 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass-breakups during his final year with the Terps. (via Tony Pauline)
DE Trent Harris, Miami (FL) (6020, 238 lbs): A third-team All-ACC selection in 2017, Harris had a breakout senior campaign: He led the Hurricanes with 8.5 sacks and added 37 tackles and a fumble recovery. While a little undersized and thus a candidate to move to Will-linebacker, Harris has displayed sufficient quickness around the edge (via Betsy Harris)
WR Chris Lacy, Oklahoma State (6030, 205 lbs): Lacy, a tall and lean rotational wide receiver that lacks top-notch athleticism, finished his four-year college career with a combined 63 catches for 920 yards and five touchdowns. The noted team leader, who also has a little experience as a kick returner, will have to make his way onto the roster via special teams. (via Mike Loyko)
RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (5100, 202 lbs): The highly-productive Vanderbilt product that has experience as a ball-carrier and pass-catcher finished his college career with 4,750 yards from scrimmage and 35 touchdowns. He reportedly received $70,000 in guaranteed money from the Patriots, split into a $20,000 bonus and a $50,000 base salary. (via Ralph Webb/Aaron Wilson)
DT Frank Herron, LSU (6040, 312 lbs): While Herron does bring intriguing quickness and versatility to the table, his production at LSU does not stand out: He finished his 2017 senior season with 21 tackles and a forced fumble. A six-game suspension for undisclosed reasons to open the 2017 season also did not help his stock entering the draft season. (via Ross Dellenger)
P Ryan Anderson, Rutgers (6010, 203 lbs): The second free agent punter to come to New England, Anderson served as Rutgers' primary punter for the last three seasons. In 2017, he kicked the football 79 times for an average of 44.4 yards per punt with 10 touchbacks and 14 fair catches. (via Ryan Anderson)