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Patriots sign six draft picks

The Patriots signed six draft picks today. Signed were second-round picks DL Ron Brace and OL Sebastian Vollmer, third-round pick WR Brandon Tate, fifth-round pick OL George Bussey, sixth-round pick DL Myron Pryor and seventh-round pick WR Julian Edelman.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed six draft picks today. Signed were second-round picks DL Ron Brace and OL Sebastian Vollmer, third-round pick WR Brandon Tate, fifth-round pick OL George Bussey, sixth-round pick DL Myron Pryor and seventh-round pick WR Julian Edelman. Terms of the agreements were not announced.

In addition, the Patriots waived first-year WR Robert Ortiz and placed rookie RB Eric Kettani and rookie WR Tyree Barnes on the reserve/military list.

Brace was drafted by the Patriots out of Boston College with the second of four second-round draft picks in 2009, (40th overall). Brace, 6-3, 330 pounds, was a three-year starter for Boston College. He started 40 of 49 games and registered 85 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Vollmer, an offensive lineman from Houston, was selected by the Patriots with the last of their four second-round draft picks in 2009, (58th overall). Vollmer, 6-8, 315 pounds, is a native of Kaarst, Germany and did not start playing football until he was 14 years old, but still was able to help his German prep school win two national championships. Vollmer started out as a 250-pound tight end before growing into a first-team All-Conference USA left tackle as a senior. He finished his college career by starting 25 straight games at tackle.

Tate, a wide receiver from North Carolina, was drafted by the Patriots with the first of their two third-round selections of the 2009 NFL Draft, (83rd overall). Tate, 6-1, 195 pounds, finished his collegiate career as the NCAA leader in combined kick return yards with 3,523 yards and the ACC career leader in kickoff returns (109) and kickoff return yardage (2,688).

Bussey was drafted out of Louisville in the fifth-round with the 170th overall selection. Bussey, 6-3, 305 pounds, originally joined Louisville as a walk-on before earning a scholarship as a mainstay on the Louisville offensive line.

Pryor was drafted by the Patriots out of Kentucky with the second of their two sixth-round selections, (207th overall). Pryor, 6-1, 310 pounds, was a three-year starter at Kentucky, appearing in 46 games with 34 starting assignments.

Edelman was drafted by the Patriots out of Kent State with the first of their two seventh-round selections, (232rd overall). Edelman, 6-0, 198 pounds, was a three-year starting quarterback at Kent State. As a senior in 2008, he played in all 12 games and completed 153 of 275 passes for 1,820 yards with 13 touchdowns

Ortiz, 6-1, 195 pounds, was signed by New England in May. He had previously spent time with San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco after entering the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2006 out of San Diego State.

Kettani and Barnes were signed by the Patriots as rookie free agents out of Navy in May.

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