Patriots sign pair of draft picks
A seventh-round pick, Steve Beauharnais was selected 235th overall by the Patriots. Although the framework of Beauharnais’ contract had been in place since earlier this week but things were on hold until the 23-year-old finished his finals at Rutgers. Beauharnais finished with 832 tackles, one sack and one interception as a linebacker for the Scarlet Knights during his senior season at Rutgers.
Beauharnais projects to be a primary special teams player and provides the Patriots with an additional depth option at linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Beauharnais will compete with the likes of Niko Koutouvides, Mike Rivera and Jeff Tarpinian for a spot on the Patriots’ 53-man roster. Although Beauharnais was drafted by the Patriots, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee him a roster spot after being selected in the seventh-round this year.
Logan Ryan was the first of the Patriots’ two draft picks in the third-round. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Ryan was selected 83rd overall by the Patriots in 2013. Eight picks down, the Patriots drafted safety Duron Harmon 91st overall. The Patriots signed Harmon to his four-year rookie contract earlier this week.
The 23-year-old Ryan was a two-year starter at cornerback for the Scarlet Knight. Last season, Ryan earned All-Big East Conference honors after recording 94 total tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed.
Ryan joins a crowded cornerback group in New England, which features veterans Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Marquice Cole and Ras-I-Dowling. Devin McCourty is also in the mix since he can play at both safety and cornerback.
The Patriots have now gotten under contract all of the three Rutgers prospects they picked in this year’s draft. They also signed former Rutgers defensive back Brandon Jones as an undrafted free agent earlier this month.
However, the Patriots still gave draft picks that remain unsigned including linebacker Jamie Collins (second-round), wide receivers Aaron Dobson (second-round) and Josh Bryce (fourth-round), as well as defensive end Michael Buchanan (seventh-round).