The 2022 NFL Draft is coming to an end, which means that now is the time to start turning our attention towards undrafted free agency. Given their long history of finding diamonds in the rough after the seventh round, the New England Patriots are one of the most attractive destinations for unselected prospects.
The team still has an active 18-year streak of at least one undrafted rookie making the opening day regular season roster, even though only one UDFA was added last year. No matter how many will come in this time, they will be given a fair shot to compete under head coach Bill Belichick.
Accounting for the players drafted by the team, the Patriots will have nine open spots on their 90-man offseason roster at the end of Round 7. Needless to say that they have potential to be quite active in rookie free agency over the coming hours and days.
Regardless of what will happen, we will track all of the rumors and additions right here. Welcome to the Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Tracker.
Patriots undrafted free agency signings
QB D’Eriq King, Miami: At 5-foot-9, 196 pounds, King is a realistic candidate to make the move from quarterback to wide receiver upon joining the Patriots. He does have some experience in this area, as well: over his six-year career at Houston and Miami, he caught 61 passes for 520 yards and three touchdowns. | Source
S Brenden Schooler, Texas: At 6-foot-2, 206 pounds Schooler projects primarily as a special teams player at the next level. He played wide receiver at both Oregon and Arizona before transferring to Texas and making a position switch to safety. He recorded 50 tackles for the Longhorns as a sixth year senior in 2021. | Source
C Kody Russey, Houston: Another transfer player, the 6-foot-2, 292 pound Russey spent his first five collegiate seasons at Louisiana Tech before transferring into Houston. He started 60 games across six seasons, being named second team all-conference as a super senior. | Source
DT LaBryan Ray, Alabama: They finally got their Alabama guy. Ray is 6-foot-5, weighs in at 284 pounds, and played five full seasons under Nick Saban. The run stuffing defensive tackle recorded just six sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in his collegiate career. | Source
LB DaMarcus Mitchell, Purdue: Mitchell started his career on offense and at Southwest Mississippi Community College. He ended it as an edge in Purdue. In two years as a Boilermaker, he registered 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. | Source
P Jake Julien, Eastern Michigan: Julien is a Canadian-born punter who spent five seasons punting for the Eagles. He averaged 43.4 yard per punt across his career. He will join Jake Bailey as the only two punter on New England’s roster. He is right footed. | Source
IOL Liam Shanahan, LSU: The Marlborough, Massachusetts native finds himself returning home after just two seasons at LSU. He started his college career at Harvard, starting 30 games across three seasons, being named the teams best offensive player in 2019. He was an all-academic team member for the Tigers in 2021, obviously. | Source
CB Devin Hafford, Tarleton State: A sixth-year senior, who appeared in 56 games during his career with the Texans, Hafford offers good size at 6-foot-0, 195 pounds. He had eight turnovers as a super senior in 2021 — six interceptions, two fumble recoveries — and scored one touchdown. | Source
Patriots minicamp invitations
DB Coby Tippett, Rhode Island: Tippett, the son of Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, has been invited to participate in New England’s rookie minicamp. The 5-foot-8, 195-pounder had two turnovers during his redshirt senior season and also contributed as a punt returner. | Source
WR Slade Bolden, Alabama will not be joining the Patriots. The former Alabama wide receiver, who was one of Mac Jones’ favorite pass catchers in 2020, has signed a contract in Baltimore. | Source
QB Jared Bernhardt, Ferris State appeared like a potential Patriots target. He played lacrosse in college, and is making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver. Alas, he signed in Atlanta. | Source
LB Diego Fagot, Navy would have checked a lot of boxes for New England. However, he joined Slade Bolden and signed in Baltimore. | Source
QB Skylar Thompson, Kansas State apparently received plenty of interest from New England in the pre-draft. He never made it to the open market, though: Thompson was drafted by Miami in the seventh round. | Source
QB Justyn Ross, Clemson was one of the last big names remaining on the UDFA market and seen as a potential candidate to make it to New England. However, his medicals were a definitive concern. The Kansas City Chiefs still gave him a chance. | Source