Patriots Get Another Linebacker: UDFA Agrees

Scout.com and PatriotsInsider.com have learned of one priority free agent who agreed to terms with the Pats. PI reported it a couple of hours ago, but here's the latest.

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Scout.com and PatriotsInsider.com's NFL Reporter Adam Caplan confirmed earlier this evening that the Patriots have landed another outside linebacker prospect. Vince Redd, of Liberty has agreed to terms with New England.

Redd, (6-5.5, 265) was projected as a lower round pick, potentially an undrafted rookie free agent. Scout.com ranked him as a late third or fourth round talent. A four star player, Redd projects as the 10th best OLB in the Draft ahead of names like Ali Highsmith (LSU) and Vince Hall (Va. Tech)..

Scouting Report (Tom Marino):
OVA transfer. I liked this player's athletic ability, direction change and potential as a edge pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Good stride length to top of the rush. He bends and uses his hands to alter course and finish his rush. He is active within the running game showing both range and instincts. Good wrap up tackler. He can play end in 4-3 scheme. The college competition level is a concern, but this is a talented high ceiling player.

Patriots Insider Impact Analysis:
Redd has potential to have a huge impact on the roster if he can pick up the defense and correct his mistakes. His large frame is enough to anchor an outside linebacker spot on a team in need of solid outside linebackers. Currently projected as low man on the totem pole at the outside spot, if he can repeat his success from Liberty in New England, he'll have little trouble securing a roster spot. Sleeper pick, could end up being as valuable as Pierre Woods (2006 UDFA, Michigan). New England has 11 linebackers on the roster currently (5 outside, 6 inside). The team carried 8 linebackers on the roster last season. (4,4).

 


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BIO:

Prior to Liberty: Transferred to Liberty from Virginia just prior to the start of the 2006 season; however, did not play for the Flames last season … two-year letterwinner at Virginia … saw playing time in 10 out of the Cavaliers’ 12 games in 2005 … finished the year with 16 tackles (10 solo and six assisted) and three tackles for a loss (four yards) … in 2004, he saw playing time in all 12 games … finished the year with six tackles, including one for a loss … saw playing time at linebacker and as part of the punt and kickoff punts.

High School: Graduated from Elizabethton High School… 104 tackles and scored seven touchdowns in a variety of ways (caught three, returned two fumbles, a kickoff and an interception) his senior year ... Class AAAA All-State and Mountain Lakes Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior ... also a standout on his school's basketball team ... averaged 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game ... first-team All-Watauga Conference, first-team All-East Tennessee, and first-team All-State on the hardwood ... lettered in track ... finished fourth in the state championship in the shot put as a junior.

Personal: Son of Vincent and Valerie Redd … comes from an athletic family as his father played football at East Tennessee State … birthday is on Sept. 1 … is a general studies major at Liberty.

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