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Patriots Sign Rookie Draftees Antwan Harris And Tom Brady; Waive Two Others

FOXBORO, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced the signing of two sixth-round draft choices from their 2000 draft class today. The signings are Virginia cornerback Antwan Harris and Michigan quarterback Tom Brady. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed. In a subsequent move, the Patriots waived rookie free agents Scott Pospisil and Jamel Smith.

Harris, 23, was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, 187th overall. The 5-foot-9-inch, 190-pound cornerback was a four-year letterman at Virginia, where he totaled 111 tackles during his career. The Raleigh, N.C. native helped Ravenscroft High to a state championship in 1994 and was voted the prep football Player of the Year.

Brady, 23, was also drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, 199th overall. The 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound quarterback had a 20-5 record as a two-year starter for Wolverines. He finished his career ranked third in school history with 710 pass attempts and 442 completions and finished fourth with 5,351 yards. His 35 career touchdowns is the fifth-best career performance in school history.

Both Pospisil and Smith had signed with the Patriots as rookie free agents following the 2000 NFL draft on April 19. Pospisil played one season as a defensive end at Iowa, where he started six of 11 games. Smith was a three-year starter at linebacker at Virginia Tech.

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