The Patriots didn't add much depth to their linebacker group during the draft other than grab potential outside linebacker Zach Moore out of Concordia St. Paul in the sixth round.
But they have picked up pieces for the second level of their defense during the undrafted free agent recruitment process.
According to Mississippi State beat reporter for the Clarion-Ledger, Michael Bonner, linebacker Deontae Skinner will sign with New England. The Pats have also nabbed linebackers Cam Gordon from Michigan and James Morris from Iowa.
Skinner is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. He made 64 tackles in 11 games as a senior in 2013. He also had 4.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one interception.
During his four-year college career, he played in 47 games and made 34 starts -- a good number for an SEC linebacker since it shows he didn't have to wait long to work his way into the starting lineup. In all, he made 202 tackles, 18.5 for a loss.
Skinner posted a 9-foot-9 broad jump and a 31-inch vertical during his pro day. He also participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl during the pre-draft process.