Free Agency 2012: Which Undrafted Free Agents Did the Patriots Sign?

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Free Agency 2012: Which Undrafted Free Agents Did the Patriots Sign?
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Marcus Forston is one of the undrafted free agents signed by the Patriots.

After the 2012 NFL draft, most responses from analysts were fairly positive when it came to the New England Patriots' selections.

Mel Kiper had this to say:

Good work targeting top needs, but the value was pretty average overall, given the big reach on [Tavon] Wilson.

Matt Miller's thoughts:

The lack of picks on Day 3 may hurt the New England Patriots' overall depth, but it's hard to argue with their all-out approach to improving their defense in the early rounds of the 2012 class.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston also had mostly good things to say

For the most part, the Patriots seemed to walk away from Radio City Music Hall content with their draft picks. 

However, after the conclusion of the draft, there was still work to be done. Hundreds of undrafted players were on the free-agent market, ready to be scooped up by NFL teams. The Patriots certainly did their homework in this area as well. 

New England has signed various free agents, some of whom were absolute steals. 

Here are the undrafted free agents who the Patriots signed, and how they might fare with the team.

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Marcus Forston, DT, Miami

Marcus Forston was actually one of the top-rated players on the defensive line a few years ago. Forston is very strong, producing 35 reps at the bench press at the combine. He has a great motor—when he wants to use it. Forston's level of effort and desire to play have been put into question by many scouts. When motivated, the Miami product can be very disruptive up the middle.

If the Patriots can get Forston to give it everything on every play, he has the physical abilities to make the team. He is best suited as a 4-3 defensive tackle. Forston could definitely become a force on the Patriots for years to come, if he stays interested.

 

Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa

Markus Zusevics was considered a potential second rounder in this year's draft, but a torn pectoral muscle at the combine left him undrafted. Zusevics is an Iowa product, which means he is well-coached. He is a very good blocker, both in the running and passing game. Zusevics plays tough and strong, and he can handle any type of rush.

Zusevics has a good shot of making the team, as a potential player who could start the season on the PUP or IR. Barring any setback to his recovery, Zusevics should be a Patriot in the long run.

 

Jeremiah Warren, OL, South Florida

Jeremiah Warren is an offensive lineman who can play guard or center. The Patriots watched Warren work out before the draft, but they didn't take any offensive linemen in the draft. Warren is a versatile player and exceptional run-blocker. He is a physical player who could work on becoming a little quicker and more flexible.

Given the Patriots' lack of depth at center, Warren is a great pickup here. Guard Logan Mankins is questionable for the start of the season, so this signing adds depth to guard as well. Warren may end up being a starter at center if no one stands out in training camp. 

 

Brad Herman, TE, Iowa

Another Iowa player. NFL teams, Patriots included, love players from Iowa because many of them are ready to start in the NFL. Brad Herman is a tight end known more for his blocking abilities than his pass-catching abilities. He is a very athletic player, but his raw skills mirror Alge Crumpler (remember him?).

Herman has an uphill climb if he wants to make the final cut, as he has Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells in his way. Herman may end up on the practice squad, but he would likely be the first one activated should anything happen to the others. 

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