The NFL draft is over, but the team-building process is far from finished.
On Friday, the New England Patirots announced that they have signed four of their draft picks: Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (fourth round), Wisconsin running back James White (fourth round), Concordia defensive end Zach Moore (sixth round), and Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (seventh round).
That leaves Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley (first round), Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (second round), Florida State center Bryan Stork (fourth round), Florida guard Jon Halapio (fourth round), and Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas (sixth round) as the Patriots’ draft picks who have yet to sign.
Along with the draft picks, the Patriots announce they signed second-year linebacker Darius Fleming and three undrafted rookies: Rutgers safety Jeremy Deering, Iowas linebacker James Morris, and long snapper and Harvard tight end/long-snapper Tyler Ott.
Fleming was a fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2012, but he missed his rookie season after tearing his ACL in rookie camp, and then missed the 2013 season after tearing the other ACL in training camp.
Fleming, Deering and Morris add depth at a pair of thin positions on the roster, and Ott could be in a competition with Danny Aiken to be the team’s starting long-snapper.
Here’s more on those four from the Patriots’ PR staff:
Darius Fleming, 24, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, missed his first two NFL season due to injury. Over a four-year career at Notre Dame, he finished with 157 total tackles. He was released by San Francisco on May 12, 2014.Jeremy Deering, 23, began his career at Rutgers as a running back in 2010 before moving to wide receiver in 2011 and then to safety as a senior in 2013. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder played in all 13 games with 10 starts at safety for Rutgers in 2013 and finished with 39 total tackles and one interception.James Morris, 22, was just the sixth player in Iowa history to record 400 career tackles after finishing with 400 tackles, 10½ sacks and six interceptions as a three-year starter. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was named a team captain in 2013 and started in all 13 games and finished second on the team with 107 total tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions.Tyler Ott, was a tight end and a long snapper at Harvard. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder, was invited to the senior Bowl following his senior season in 2013 after handling all longs napping duties and seeing action at tight end, finishing with 15 receptions for 188 yards and four touchdowns.