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Patriots sign third-round pick Hobbs

FOXBORO, Mass. (July 22, 2005) -- The New England Patriots signed third-round draft pick Ellis Hobbs.

Hobbs, a cornerback and kick returner, was the 84th overall pick. At 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, he made 209 career tackles and had nine interceptions while starting 38 of 49 games at Iowa State.

He earned first-team All Big 12 honors in 2004 with five interceptions and 71 tackles.

Hobbs also returned 24 kickoffs for 490 yards.

To make room on the roster, the Patriots released rookie running back DeCori Birmingham, who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas on April 29.

The Associated Press News Service

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