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Report Card Grades for New England Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Signings
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Iowa linebacker James Morris could make the 53-man roster.

The New England Patriots ended the 2014 NFL draft with 75 roster members, meaning that there was plenty of room for undrafted free agent signings.  Sure enough, the Pats have reached the 90-man limit with 15 signings, and now have the roster they will take into minicamp.

Undrafted free agents rarely catch the attention of casual fans, but they play an integral part in roster construction.  The Patriots have thrived off finding cheap bargains like Kyle Arrington, Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly to play important roles on both sides of the ball and on special teams.

Though TV coverage makes the draft appear interminable, seven rounds is actually rather short for teams that need to fill out 53-man rosters.  For a look at which Patriots' undrafted free agents could be steals after slipping through the cracks, let's evaluate and provide a grade for each signing.  Note that these grades are based upon both skill and need, and no tryout prospects were included, since they do not have a formal contract.

 

*All combine stats and measurables via NFL.com.

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