Second- and third-day draftees got here to phrases with the Patriots on their rookie contracts Thursday. After signing Tyquan Thornton and Bailey Zappe to their four-year pacts, the group has accomplished its draft offers for 2022.
A Baylor-produced broad receiver with a 4.28-second 40-yard sprint time on his pre-draft resume, Thornton enticed the Patriots to commerce up 4 spots — from No. 54 to No. 50 — to accumulate him. The Invoice Belichick-era Pats have notoriously struggled to determine school receiver expertise, at the least with excessive picks, and up to date Baylor wideouts to come back by means of the league have delivered inconsistent professional careers. The Pats will purpose to buck each traits right here.
Baylor has despatched the likes of Denzel Mims, Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright into the league as first- or second-round picks (Gordon was a Spherical 2 supplemental alternative). A few of these gamers have loved moments or quick stretches of manufacturing, however the Huge 12 program has not seen its high pass-catching cogs get pleasure from prolonged runs as starters. New England has swung and missed on extremely drafted wideouts N’Keal Harry, Aaron Dobson and Chad Jackson over the previous 16 years — the one first- or second-round wideouts the group has chosen — however clearly did fairly nicely with late-rounders Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater. UDFA Jakobi Meyers has performed nicely by means of three seasons, too, incomes a second-round RFA tender from the group this offseason.
Though Thornton broke by means of as a senior by catching 62 passes for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns, he surpassed 17 yards per reception throughout each his freshman and sophomore years. Along with Thornton, the Pats added DeVante Parker by way of commerce and Lil’Jordan Humphrey late within the offseason. That duo joins the Meyers-Kendrick Bourne–Nelson Agholor trio. Harry stays on the roster however has been in commerce rumors for a number of years now.
Zappe is coming off a traditionally productive season in his lone fall at a Division I-FBS program. The switch passer broke Joe Burrow‘s current FBS file by throwing 62 landing passes (in comparison with 11 interceptions). Zappe, a Houston Baptist import, additionally tallied 5,967 passing yards. Zappe performed in a pass-crazed system and can try to transition to the professionals, making an attempt to develop behind Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer.
Right here is New England’s 2022 draft class:
Spherical 1: No. 29 (from 49ers by means of Dolphins and Chiefs) Cole Unusual, G (UT-Chattanooga) (signed)
Spherical 2: No. 50 (from Dolphins by means of Chiefs) Tyquan Thornton, WR (Baylor) (signed)
Spherical 3: No. 85 Marcus Jones, CB (Houston) (signed)
Spherical 4: No. 121 (from Dolphins by means of Chiefs) Jackie Jones, CB (Arizona State) (signed)
Spherical 4: No. 127 Pierre Robust, RB (South Dakota State) (signed)
Spherical 4: No. 137 (from Rams by means of Texans and Panthers) Bailey Zappe, QB (Western Kentucky) (signed)
Spherical 6: No. 183 (from Texans) Kevin Harris, RB (South Carolina) (signed)
Spherical 6: No. 200 Sam Roberts, DT (Northwest Missouri State) (signed)
Spherical 6: No. 210: Chasen Hines, C (LSU) (signed)
Spherical 7: No. 245 (from Cowboys by means of Texans) Andrew Stueber, OG (Michigan) (signed)