After drafting ten players over the first three days of the NFL entry draft, the Patriots continued to round out their roster by reportedly signing 12 more undrafted rookies. To be clear, the team has not yet confirmed these signings, but various reports from agents and the players themselves have quickly rolled in after the conclusion of the draft. It's possible that some of these signings are also on a tryout basis. We'll keep things updated as information continues to come in.
Let's dive in!
QB Brian Lewerke, Michigan State (6'2", 213 lbs) (via Adam Schefter)
Lewerke showed great promise as a pro style quarterback in his sophomore year, elected captain as a junior but suffering a shoulder injury that derailed his progress. He checks the Patriots leadership and size profiles and fits into what their system has been, but will need to get back on track and perhaps a fresh start in a professional program is just what he needs.
QB J'Mar Smith, Louisiana Tech (6', 228 lbs) (via Tom Pelissero/NFL Network)
Smith is an undersized but mobile quarterback who won the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year award this past season after completing 64.3 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and just five interceptions. The team was 10-1 in his final season with Smith as the starter. With just two quarterbacks above him on the depth chart, Smith should get plenty of opportunities leading up to the season, though the possibility of adding another veteran back up will remain a constant option for the Patriots.
WR Will Hastings, Auburn (5'10", 175 lbs) (via Doug Kyed/NESN)
Jarrett Stidham's former slot receiver will reportedly join the Patriots, he caught 26 passes from Stidham for 525 yards and four touchdowns back in 2017. He missed 2018 after tearing his ACL then re-tearing it as he attempted to return post-surgery. He had just 19 catches in his final season as the team's fourth-leading receiver. Hastings started out as Auburn as a walk-on onside kick specialist before carving out a role as a receiver.
WR Sean Riley, Syracuse (5'8", 178 lbs) (via Sean Riley)
Like Hastings, Riley is also an undersized slot receiver. He set school records for kickoff returns (115) and kickoff return yards (2,433) with an average of 21.3 yards-per-return. That's a spot where he could find a way to make the Patriots roster, where veteran Brandon Bolden handled the duties last season. Riley finished his career with 119 catches and four touchdowns, he also returned 50 punts for an 11.3 yards-per-return average.
WR Isaiah Zuber, Mississippi State (5'11", 184 lbs) (via Rob Demovsky)
Zuber has a similar skillset to Hastings and Riley, a slot receiver with return experience. A productive four-year player at Kansas State, he spent his final season at Mississippi State, where he caught just 14 passes.
WR Jeff Thomas, Miami (5'9", 170 lbs) (via Tom Pelissero/NFL Network)
An explosive receiver with kickoff return ability, Thomas relies more on his gifts that route savvy. He finished his career at Miami with 83 catches and eight touchdowns, along with a 22.6 yards-per-return average on kickoffs.
TE Rashod Berry, Ohio State (6'3", 263 lbs) (via Dan_Hope)
After drafting two tight ends, the Patriots will also reportedly bring in Berry, who caught 17 passes in 17 games for Ohio State. He also had experience as a defensive lineman.
TE Jake Burt, Boston College (6'3", 260 lbs) (via Adam Schefter)
Burt set his best marks as a red shirt graduate in 2019 with 15 catches for the Eagles, but his final season was cut short by a broken collarbone. The local Massachusetts native attended St. John's Prep where he earned ESPN Boston All-State honors.
RB J.J. Taylor, Arizona (5'5", 185 lbs) (via University of Arizona)
Sure to be a fan favorite this summer, Taylor is just over 5'5", but runs with attitude, utilizing every bit of the 185 pounds packed onto his frame. He piled up 3,263 rushing yards in his four-year career with 18 touchdowns, while also chipping in 62 career receptions. Taylor also has return experience and was a third-team All-American in 2018.
DT Bill Murray, William & Mary (6'4", 280 lbs) (via Tom Pelissero/NFL Network)
Murray blocked 10 kicks over the course of his career, including four in his final season, showing he could have an inside track on a job after the Patriots did not draft any defensive tackles. Murray earned an "elite" run-stopper grade of 91.1 from Pro Football Focus in five games against FCS competition.
DT Courtney Wallace Jr, Louisiana Tech (6'2", 305 lbs) (via Courtney Wallace Jr.)
Wallace had 54 career tackles and 3.5 sacks in 20 games for Louisiana Tech, a teammate of quarterback Smith.
DE Nick Coe, Auburn (6'4", 280 lbs) (via Matt Zenitz)
Coe was a starting end for Auburn in 2018 and has the size and length necessary to play in the NFL but will be a project. He had an outstanding seven sacks and 13.5 tackles-for-loss in 2018 but fell off this past season with a position change, falling to pick up a sack. He won national titles as a wrestler in high school, often an intriguing piece for the Patriots.
DE Trevon Hill, Miami (6'3", 248 lbs) (via Doug Kyed)
An undersized defensive end, Hill is a good rusher with some versatility who played from both sides of the line. He was productive in his only season in Miami after being dismissed from the team at Virginia Tech.
LB Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State (6', 235 lbs) (via Kyahva Tezino)
Tezino won team MVP the last two seasons and is an undersized inside linebacker with plus leadership traits. He won the team's most inspirational player award this past season as well. He put up 288 tackles in his career and added two interceptions as a senior.
LB De'Jon Harris, Arkansas (5'11", 234 lbs) (via De'Jon Harris)
Harris, nicknamed "Scoota", is another thumping inside linebacker with plus character traits but athletic limitations like Tezino. He had 371 career tackles, including breaking the 100-tackle mark in each of his final three seasons. Per NESN, the Patriots gave Harris a significant deal to join the team, perhaps illustrating how high his chances are to make the team as an Elandon Roberts, early-down linebacker replacement.
CB Myles Bryant, Washington (5'7", 183 lbs) (via Tom Pelissero/NFL Network)
An undersized slot cornerback, Bryant had three interceptions in his final season, making All-Pac 12 as both a junior and senior. He moved to safety as a senior, showing some versatility but his size will limit him as a pro. But he's smart and plays with a chip on his shoulder according to NFL.com's scouting report.