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Patriots Sign 2005 Draft Picks Nick Kaczur and James Sanders

Foxborough, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed two more members of the 2005 draft class today, offensive tackle Nick Kaczur and safety James Sanders. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Kaczur, 25, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft (100th overall). The 6-foot-4-inch, 319-pound tackle started 51 games in his career at Toledo and was the first four-time All-Mid America Conference player in school history. In 2004, he started every game at left tackle and also recorded two rushes for 49 yards. The Brantford, Ontario native collected 85 knockdowns with 12 touchdown-resulting blocks for a Rockets offense that scored 58 touchdowns. In 2001, he became the first true freshman to start on the Toledo offensive line since 1978.

Sanders, 23, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft (133rd overall). The 5-foot-10-inch, 207-pound safety started 32 of 40 games in three seasons at Fresno State. The Porterville, Calif. native registered 238 career tackles (120 solo), 18 passes defensed and seven interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Sanders also excelled on special teams, recording three blocked kicks. An All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 2003 and 2004, Sanders added seven sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his collegiate career. In 2003, he was the only sophomore on the All-Western Athletic Conference first-team.

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