Patriots sign 12 undrafted rookies

July, 27, 2011
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The Patriots on Wednesday announced the signing of 12 undrafted rookie free agents, while confirming the previously reported signings of draft selections OLB Markell Carter and TE Lee Smith.

The following undrafted rookies have been signed:
  • OG Mike Berry (Auburn)
  • OLB/LS Ryan Coulson (Nevada)
  • OT Kyle Hix (Texas)
  • K Chris Koepplin (Massachusetts)
  • OLB/DE Aaron Lavarias (Idaho)
  • ILB Anthony Leonard (West Virginia) -- (reported Tuesday)
  • OLB/DE Clay Nurse (Illinois) -- (reported Tuesday)
  • WR Jeremy Ross (California) -- (reported Monday)
  • OLB/DE Alex Silvestro (Rutgers)
  • ILB Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa) -- (reported Monday)
  • OT Corey Woods (Akron)
  • TE Will Yeatman (Maryland) -- (reported Tuesday)

In addition, the Patriots announced that FB Eric Kettani and WR Tyree Barnes have been reinstated to the active roster from the Reserve/Military list. Both players were signed by the Patriots as undrafted rookies out of Navy in 2009, and were placed on the Reserve/Military list on July 23, 2009. Both completed their military commitment in May.

More information on the unreported rookie free agent signings can be found below:

Berry, 6-3, 316 pounds, started in 35 games while appearing in 45 with Auburn. He started all 14 games in 2010 at right guard and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for 254 yards rushing and 519 yards of total offense in the national championship win over Oregon.

Coulson, 6-5, 255 pounds, converted from linebacker to defensive end as a sophomore. He started seven games as junior and all 13 games as a senior in 2010, finishing with 53 total tackles and 3.5 sacks as a senior. He also handled long snapping duties.

Hix, 6-7, 325 pounds, was a four-year player for Texas, who played in 51 games with 39 starts. He started 28 games at right tackle before moving to left tackle as a senior in 2010.

Koepplin, 6-3, 210 pounds, played two seasons at UMass in 2006 and 2007 after transferring from Nassau Community College. At UMass, he became the career record holder in PAT percentage (98.0) and was second in field goal percentage (71.0). Koepplin played for the Manchester Wolves of the Arena Football 2 League in 2008 and 2009.

Lavarias, 6-2, 255 pounds, was named second team All-WAC as a senior in 2010 after finishing with 52 total tackles and 10.0 sacks. He was Idaho's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2009.

Silvestro, 6-3, 267 pounds, began his career at Rutgers as a linebacker before moving to defensive end and defensive tackle. As a senior in 2010, he had 56 total tackles, 14.5 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks.

Woods, 6-5, 300 pounds, was a four-year starter at Akron, who played at both left and right tackle during his college career. He played his first two seasons at right tackle before moving to the left side as a junior in 2009.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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