Seventeen first- and second-rounders still unsigned


Seventeen first- and second-rounders still unsigned

Monday's NFL franchise tag deadline has come and gone. So what's up next on the league's calendar of expiration dates?

Circle August 7: Players under contract must report by this date to earn an accrued season. Also, teams have until this day to trade rights for unsigned drafted rookies.

If you're now wondering who's included in that latter group, you're following me brilliantly.

There are 17 first and second round draft picks without contracts.

Holdups could hinge on details like getting the fourth contract year guaranteed, getting the fifth year option included, and signing bonuses.

Here the players are, in order of when they were drafted.

First round
No. 1 - QB Andrew Luck - Colts
No. 2 - QB RGIII - Redskins
No. 3 - RB Trent Richardson - Browns
No. 4 - T Matt Kalil - Vikings
No. 5 - WR Justin Blackmon - Jaguars
No. 6 - CB Morris Claiborne - Cowboys
No. 7 - S Mark Barron - Buccaneers
No. 8 - QB Ryan Tannehill - Dolphins

No. 11 - DT Dontari Poe - Chiefs

No. 20 - WR Kendall Wright - Titans

No. 22 - QB Brandon Weeden - Browns
No. 23 - T Riley Reiff - Lions
No. 24 - OL David DeCastro - Steelers
No. 25 - LB Dont'a Hightower - Patriots
Second round
No. 34 - TE Coby Fleener - Colts

No. 39 - CB Janoris Jenkins - Rams

No. 57 - QB Brock Osweiler

(If you're interested in seeing unsigned picks from every round check out ProFootballTalk's post from July 5. Nothing has changed since then.)

Patriots add pair with special-teams relevance in late rounds


Patriots add pair with special-teams relevance in late rounds

The Patriots added a good-sized safety from Jimmy Garoppolo’s alma mater in the seventh round, Kamu Grunier-Hill. The 6-1, 215-pounder from Eastern Illinois selected with the 208th pick will have his first relevance as a special teamer then will try to find a spot in the regular defense.

With his size, he figures to be a who can play some box-safety when the Patriots go to six DB sets. He’ll do well to keep an eye on Patrick Chung because Chung – a much smaller player – is very skilled playing at the linebacker level. Grunier-Hill has great measurable – a 4.45 40 and 38.5 inch vertical.

The Patriots are deep at safety with Devin McCourty, Chung, Jordan Richards and Duron Harmon. Grunier-Hill wasn’t a highly-analyzed prospect in the process leading up to the draft so the Patriots’ interest level in him may have been higher than most. It’s very likely he finds his way to the team’s practice squad.

Right after taking Grunier-Hill, the Patriots got a similar-sized player named Elandon Roberts at 214. The 6-foot, 235-pounder comes in as a linebacker out of the University of Houston. He’s not the explosive athlete that Grunier-Hill is but he’s a hugely productive player who had 88 solo tackles for the Cougars last season. Regarded as a great leader, Roberts is another guy who’s going to have to make hay as a special teams guy first.


Patriots select Arizona State WR Lucien in seventh round


Patriots select Arizona State WR Lucien in seventh round

With their final pick of the draft, the Patriots select wide receiver Devin Lucie from Arizona State in the seventh round, 225th overall.

Lucien (6-2, 195 pounds) had a third-round grade from Pro Football Focus. He was top 20 in terms of yards per route run, with very good hands. He had Five drops in two years.

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Patriots select Illinois G Karras in seventh round


Patriots select Illinois G Karras in seventh round

The Patriots drafted Illinois guard Ted Karras in the seventh round with the 221st pick overall.

Karras is 6-3, 307. His great uncle is the late Alex Karras, a four-time Pro Bowler with the Detroit Lions who went on to an acting career. 

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