First-round pick Cole Strange, all 2022 Patriots rookies officially signed


The Patriots officially signed the No. 29 pick on Thursday.

New England Patriots offensive lineman Cole Strange participates in drills at the NFL Football Team’s training facility. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Patriots agreed to a contract on Thursday with offensive lineman Cole Strange, their first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Strange and two other picks — wide receiver Tyquan Thornton and quarterback Bailey Zappe — became the last members of the Patriots’ 2022 draft class to sign with the team. The team announced the deals in a press release Thursday afternoon.

Strange was a surprise pick at No. 29, but the 23-year-old led Chattanooga’s offensive line to a successful season as a senior.

“No matter where I got drafted or where I got picked, I was going to push the exact same way with the same chip on my shoulder that I always had,” Strange said shortly after the draft. . “I know it’s just the beginning and every time I get there, I’ll have to put in a lot of work. And that’s exactly how I’ve always felt, really. It didn’t matter where I was going.

Tyquan Thornton shared a photo of himself signing his contract on Instagram with the caption, “To all the youngsters in the trenches, keep going, it’s possible.”

Thornton — who caught 62 receptions for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season in Miami — expressed excitement about being selected by the Patriots after the draft.

“The Patriots are a very historic team,” he told reporters. “I knew a lot about them, and I was impressed with what I thought just being there in New England and just being where you are in the same hall that Tom Brady went through a times and those other greats who walked through the building. I was very excited to be there.

Zappe completed 475 of 686 passes for 5,987 yards with 62 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his final season with Western Kentucky.

“Getting that call from the Patriots was amazing, and I’m more excited to get there, to get down to work and meet my teammates, meet everyone in the organization and get ready to start playing the game. football,” Zappe told reporters after the repechage. .


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