The Patriots had to wait a while before making their first pick in the 2016 draft, but there’s no reason to delay signing those picks so the team’s gotten several of their new additions under contract.
According to multiple reports, second-round cornerback Cyrus Jones, third-round guard Joe Thuney, fourth-round wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, sixth-round linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill and seventh-round wide receiver Devin Lucien have all agreed to their four-year deals with the team.
Jones was the 60th overall pick and the first the Patriots made after sitting out the first round after their pick was taken away by the league as a Deflategate penalty. He could play early as a slot corner and was a dynamic punt returner at Alabama. Mitchell will join a receiving corps that added Chris Hogan and Nate Washington as free agents. He’ll also join a book club run by Reese Witherspoon after writing his own children’s book while he was at Georgia.
Thuney blocked for third-round pick Jacoby Brissett at N.C. State and the quarterback, who is serving as his own agent, will likely join him under contract soon.