The Patriots knocked out most of their draft pick contracts Friday, signing eight of their nine choices.
The team announced they had signed all but third-round quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has chosen to represent himself. The quarterback may be getting some degree of advice on his deal, if only an hourly rate lawyer to look over the deal, but the increasingly boilerplate nature of rookie deals makes it tempting to save the 3 percent commission.
The Patriots picks signed were second-round cornerback Cyrus Jones, third-round offensive lineman Joe Thuney and defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, fourth-round wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, sixth-round picks linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker Elandon Roberts and guard Ted Karras and seventh-round wide receiver Devin Lucien.
They also released running back Joey Iosefa (who spent time on their practice squad and active roster last year) and added eight undrafted free agents: Illinois cornerback V’Angelo Bentley, Arizona State running back D.J. Foster, Ole Miss nose tackle Woodrow Hamilton, Ole Miss linebacker C.J. Johnson, Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones, Florida Atlantic cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc, Vanderbilt tight end Steven Scheu and East Carolina tight end Bryce Williams.