Taking stock of Patriots rookie free agent signings

Taking stock of Patriots rookie free agent signings
April 29, 2013, 3:45 pm
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The Patriots have signed Penn State corner Stephon Morris as one of their many undrafted free agent pickups.

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The Patriots added a fleet of undrafted free agents since the draft ended. The team hasn’t announced the signings yet, but various media reports and the Twitter accounts of the players in question have indicated they are, indeed, Patriots. Here's a quick rundown on each.
 
Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech
A lefty who won the Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s top punter in both 2011 and 2012. A three-step punter which may be one too many at the pro level. Was ticketed as a fifth of sixth-round pick by Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki.
 
Ben Bartholomew, FB, Tennessee
At 6-2, 252, Bartholomew is an H-back type who carried twice in his final year for the Vols and caught 11 passes for 102 yards.
 
Kanorris Davis, DB, Troy
Played linebacker at the collegiate level and was a second-team selection in the Sun Belt Conference. Had himself a real nice pro day which bolstered his NFL hopes.
 
Elvis Fisher, OL, Missouri
Erik Fisher went first overall. Elvis gets the call from the Patriots. Injury-plagued his final two seasons at Mizzou, he was a promising left tackle in 2009 and 2010.
 
Brandon Ford, TE, Clemson
At 6-4, 240, Ford is on the small side for an NFL tight end and will need to have some “move” ability to make it, unless he bulks up some more. Did have a 40-catch senior season for the Tigers.
 
Cory Grissom, DL, South Florida
A three-year starter for the Bulls, the 6-2, 306 pounder was pegged as a fifth or sixth-round pick by Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly. Fractured his leg last spring but made it back in time to play the season and had 38 tackles.
 
Quentin Hines, RB, Akron
At 5-11, 194 pounds Hines is a very strong and speedy player who passed through Cincinnati and finished up at Akron with 35 carries for 194 yards last season. Here’s some video providing confirmation of the fact he’s damn fast.  
 
Brandon Jones, DB, Rutgers
Jones is six-feet, 191-pounds, another defensive back from the Scarlet Knights. Versatile and very smart.
 
Josh Kline, G, Kent State
The 6-3, 310-pound Kline had a decent pro day at Kent State and was ticketed as a seventh-rounder or free agent.
 
Christopher McDonald, G, Michigan State
The 6-5, 298-pound McDonald started 39 games at right guard. He tested well at his pro day with a sub-5.0 40 and 31 reps of 225. His brother is Nick McDonald, currently a backup offensive lineman for the Patriots.
 
T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri
Had a very nice junior season with 54 catches and a little quieter senior year with 40. Solidly built (5-10, 204). Very quick feet. Has some return ability.
 
Stephon Morris, CB, Penn State
Smallish at 5-8, 188, was said to be the leader of the Penn State defense with strong work ethic and great speed.
 
Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada
Overaged, spending six years at Nevada and having six surgeries. At 6-7, he’s got excellent size to go along with 4.7 speed but he’s also not too powerful.
 
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Cincinnati
A 6-1, 193-pounder, his cousin Antonio Brown plays for the Steelers. Was arrested seven times between 15 and 18 so it would be good if he’s gotten that out of his system. An outside “X” receiver who caught 34 balls for 541 yards in 2012.
 
Matt Stankiewitch, C, Penn State
A first-team All-Big Ten selection, the 6-3, 302-pounder is durable and likely comes well recommended by former Patriots offensive coordinator and current Penn State coach Bill O’Brien.