Tracking New England Patriots' 2012 NFL Undrafted Free-Agent Signings

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IApril 30, 2012

Tracking New England Patriots' 2012 NFL Undrafted Free-Agent Signings

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    The New England Patriots are notorious for giving everyone an equal opportunity to make the roster. First-round picks and undrafted free agents alike.

    So, the chances that each player will make the roster could be a bit higher for the Patriots than for other teams.

    Thus, it's worth our time to take a look at the undrafted free agents the Patriots have signed, where they fit into the future plans and what their chances might be at making the roster.

    Let's have a look at the Patriots' signings so far.

    Undrafted free-agent list provided by NEPatriotsDraft.com.

     

Marcus Forston, DT, Miami

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    Scouting Report via Wes Bunting of National Football Post

    The talent is most definitely there. There are some technique flaws that need to be addressed, as he has to play lower through contact in order to play up to his physical skill set. However, he's an explosive kid who can bend, has a good first step, natural power and is sudden enough to shed blocks in both the run and pass game.

    Biggest Competition: Ron Brace/Marcus Harrison

     

    Chances of Making the Roster: 4/10

    The Patriots need talented depth at defensive tackle, and they got a player who received rave reviews from many draft pundits. He missed most of his senior year with a knee injury, dropping his stock, but if he can stay healthy and polish off his technique in the running game, he could have a legitimate shot at the roster.

Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa

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    Scouting Report via Wes Bunting

    A "plus" run blocker who more than held his own in the pass game. He quickly gets off the football, generates a snap into contact and improved his pad level into/out of his stance as the year went on. Zusevics looks like a potential starting caliber offensive lineman -either at guard or tackle- in the NFL with a year or two of seasoning, but has limited upside.

    Biggest Competition: Matt Kopa

     

    Chances of Making the Roster: 7/10

    The Patriots might have already addressed the depth issue at tackle if they had simply kept one of last year's undrafted free agents, tackle Steve Maneri, on the roster. With Matt Light's retirement now officially retired, the Patriots have just three true offensive tackles on the roster and might like to carry a fourth, as they typically do.

Brad Herman, TE, Iowa

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    Scouting Report via James Christensen of NEPatriotsDraft.com:

    "Had some trouble catching the ball, but is a very solid blocker. Herman was able to get open in the red zone and short yardage situations."

    Biggest Competition: Daniel Fells

     

    Chances of Making the Roster: 5/10

    James Christensen writes, "Former Patriots TE Coach Brian Ferentz is currently the OL coach at Iowa and we know about his dad Kirk. The Patriot-Hawkeye pipeline continues."

    Whether or not pipelines have any impact on a player's chance to make a roster is up for debate (we'll guess no), but the Patriots will be looking for the best depth addition behind Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.

    It will likely come down to whichever is the most versatile and capable as a pass-catcher. That will likely be Fells, but with the Patriots, we just never know.

Jeremiah Warren, OL, South Florida

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    Scouting Report from Wes Bunting

    Has experience at both left tackle and guard. ...A big guy with natural athleticism/coordination for his size. Is a bit raw as a run blocker, but has the skill set to fight for playing time with some development.

    Biggest Competition: Ryan Wendell/Nick McDonald

     

    Chances of Making the Roster: 7/10

    According to James Christensen, Warren was a high school wrestling star. He wouldn't be the first undrafted free agent to come in with that background (see Steve Neal, who entered the league in 2002 and became a starter by 2004). He may be a bit raw, but he has the tools to be the next success story for the Scarnecchia school of offensive linemen.

    Many expected the Patriots to target a center in the draft, but they elected not to do so. Warren's ability to play that position, and his positional versatility overall, should both help him make the roster.

Matt Roark, WR, Kentucky

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    Scouting Report via James Christensen

    Roark is a versatile player who has done it all in his career at Kentucky. He has player wide receiver, special teams and even quarterback. ...Roark projects to a WR at the NFL level and should be someone who can help on special teams. In his special teams career at Kentucky he was ablt to block seven kicks, so look for his height to be used there in training camp.

    Biggest Competition: Britt Davis/Tiquan Underwood

     

    Chances of Making the Roster: 5/10

    Like the center position, wide receiver was a spot many expected the Patriots to go in the draft. They went with Northwestern's Jeremy Ebert, but Roark has something that Ebert and the Patriots receivers as a whole lack: size. His ability to play multiple positions, specifically to contribute on special teams, should only improve his stock with the Patriots.