FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today the signing of six of their nine draft selections. The Patriots signed fifth-round draft pick LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, sixth-round draft picks LB Christian Sam and WR Braxton Berrios and 2018 seventh-round picks QB Danny Etling, DB Keion Crossen and TE Ryan Izzo. Terms of the contracts were not announced.
In addition, the Patriots signed nine rookie free agents and released OL Tony Garcia.
Bentley, 21, was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 143rd overall selection out of Purdue. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder played in 38 games over his four-year career and registered 272 total tackles, one sack, two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and seven passes defensed.
Sam, 21, was selected by the Patriots in the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 178th overall selection out of Arizona State. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder played in 35 games over his four-year career and registered 240 total tackles, one sack and three passes defensed.
Berrios, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft with the 210th overall selection out of Miami. The 5-foot-9, 183-pounder appeared in 46 career games with 20 starts and posted 100 receptions for 1,175 yards and nine touchdowns. He was also used as a returner during his college career.
Etling, 23, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 219th overall selection out of Louisiana State. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder served as a two-year starter at LSU after transferring from Purdue following the 2014 season. He started the final 23 games of his career at LSU and posted a 16-7 mark while passing for 4,586 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Crossen, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 243rd overall selection out of Western Carolina. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder played in 46 games with 23 starts and accrued 165 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed.
Izzo, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 250th overall selection out of Florida State. The 6-foot-5, 256-pounder appeared in 41 games with 36 starts during his college career and totaled 54 career receptions for 761 yards and six touchdowns.
2018 ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
Andrews, 22, finished his college career with 162 receptions for 1,977 yards and 15 touchdowns, good for fourth place on the school's all-time receptions list. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder started all nine games that he played as a senior in 2017 and finished second on the team with 60 receptions for 773 yards and a team-high 10 touchdown receptions.
Atkins, 24, played in all 15 games with 14 starts as a senior at Georgia in 2017 and finished the year with 38 total tackles. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was a key reserve as a junior in 2016 before earning a starting position as a senior in 2017.
Harris, 22, led Miami with 8½ sacks as a senior in 2017 as a defensive lineman. The 6-foot-2, 238-pounder played as a true freshman in 2014 before becoming a starter as a sophomore in 2015. He earned third-team All-ACC recognition following his senior campaign.
Herron, 23, missed the first six games of his senior season in 2017 due to injury before playing in the final five contests for Louisiana State, totaling 21 tackles. The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder was a key reserve for LSU over his final three college seasons.
Jackson, 22, started all 12 games at cornerback during his junior season in 2017, posting 40 total tackles and three interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder played two seasons at Maryland in 2016 and 2017 after spending the 2015 season at Riverside Community College. He spent his freshman season in 2014 at Florida, where he played in one game before suffering an injury.
Lacy, 22, caught 20 passes for 264 yards as a senior. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was a four-year player at Oklahoma State and finished his college career with 63 receptions for 920 yards and five touchdowns. He was also utilized as a part-time kickoff returner during his career.
Moore, 22, started every game in the nickel defense as a senior at Ole Miss in 2017 and recorded 48 total tackles and three passes defensed. The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder played as a true freshman in 2014 and was a key reserve and special teams player during his four-year career.
Webb, 23, finished his senior season in 2017 with 831 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns at Vanderbilt. The 5-foot-10, 202-pounder also posted 13 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown. He finished his college career as the Commodores all-time leading rusher with 4,173 rushing yards, 32 rushing touchdowns and eclipsed 100 yards rushing 16 times. His rushing totals rank sixth all-time among SEC running backs.
Wimann, 23, was named All-MAC first-team honors after his senior season in 2017 at Northern Illinois when he caught 30 passes for 283 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder finished his career with 65 receptions for 635 yards and 17 touchdowns. His seven touchdowns as a senior were the school record by a tight end.
Garcia, 24, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the 85th overall selection out of Troy. The 6-foot-7, 302-pounder, was placed on the Reserve/Non-football Illness list on Sept. 2, 2017.