Patriots Sign Three More Draft Picks, Three Undrafted Free Agents

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Maine WR Derrick Johnson (above) recorded 116 catches for 1,185 yards and four touchdowns in 37 career games for the Blackbears. (Photo courtesy University of Maine)

The New England Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks, and they continue to fill out their depth chart.

On Monday, the Patriots announced they signed Florida State center Bryan Stork (fourth round), Florida guard Jon Halapio (fourth round), and Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas (sixth round).

On Friday, the team announced that they signed Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore, and Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon.

Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley (first round) and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (second round) are the two Patriots’ draft picks who have yet to sign.


In addition to signing the three rookie draft picks, the Patriots also announced three undrafted rookies: West Alabama cornerback Malcolm Butler, Maine wide receiver Derrick Johnson, and West Texas A&M linebacker Taylor McCuller.

Here’s more on those three from the Patriots’ PR staff:

Malcolm Butler, 24, began his college career at Hinds (Miss.) Community College in 2011 before transferring to West Alabama for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder was a first-team All-GSC selection as a junior and senior. Butler led the GSC with 18 passes defensed last season.Derrick Johnson, 22, tied for the team lead with 60 receptions for 608 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 for Maine. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder finished his college career with 116 receptions for 1,165 yards and four touchdowns.Taylor McCuller, 24, played in 38 games with 30 starts and finished with 281 total tackles, four forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was granted an extra year of eligibility after suffering an injury in 2009 after redshirting in 2008.

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