School: Southern Mississippi

Position: Linebacker

When: Second round, No. 52

Height: 6-3

Weight: 250

Age: 23

Key stats: 314 career tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 15 quarterback pressures. Forced seven fumbles, recovered three. Intercepted three passes, returned two for touchdowns.

Of note: Played quarterback in high school, safety as a freshman. First-team all-Conference USA. Avid bass fisherman, has fished with Brett Favre.


School: Marshall

Position: Wide receiver

When: Second round, No. 59

Height: 6-3

Weight: 203

Age: 21

Key stats: 165 career receptions, 24 touchdown receptions (tied with Troy Brown for fourth all-time), 2,398 receiving yards.

Of note: Three-sport star in high school. Recruited by Northeastern to play basketball.


School: Rutgers

Position: Cornerback

When: Third round, No. 83

Height: 5-11

Weight: 191

Age: 22

Key stats: 170 career tackles with 111 solo, seven interceptions, 39 pass deflections.

Of note: Labor studies major with minor in psychology. Teammate of Devin McCourty in 2009. Has a 1-year-old puggle named Nala, after the Lion King character.


School: Rutgers

Position: Safety

When: Third round, No. 91

Height: 6-1

Weight: 200

Age: 22

Key stats: Had 50 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception as a senior. Had five interceptions as a junior.

Of note: Earned all-Big East honors as junior and senior. Majored in labor studies.


School: Texas Christian

Position: Wide receiver

When: Fourth round, No. 102

Height: 5-11

Weight: 203

Age: 21

Key stats: 161 catches, 22 touchdowns, 2,535 receiving yards (second-most in school history). Averaged 15.7 yards per catch

Of note: His high school quarterback was Robert Griffin III, and he caught passes from Andy Dalton in college. Has already earned degree in sociology.


School: llinois

Position: Defensive end

When: Seventh round, No. 226

Height: 6-6

Weight: 255

Age: 22

Key stats: 161 career tackles, 14 career sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception

Of note: Second-team all-Big Ten in both junior and senior years. Ran a 6.91 in the three-cone drill at NFL combine. Communications major.


School: Rutgers

Position: Linebacker

When: Seventh round, No. 235

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 240

Age: 22

Key stats: Had 83 tackles as senior, third on team, with six tackles for a loss. Also had one interception. Had 16 tackles for loss his junior year.

Of note: Attended the same high school in Montvale, N.J., (St. Joseph’s) as Devin McCourty and McCourty’s twin brother, Jason. Third Rutgers player selected by Patriots this year.

— Mike Lowe