Patriots and defensive end Derek Rivers agree on a deal

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The Patriots have now signed their entire 2017 draft class. On Thursday, the team and defensive end Derek Rivers, the 83rd overall pick, agreed to a four-year deal. Rivers spent four years at Youngstown State and was the career leader in sacks with 41 and tackles for loss upon graduating.


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After locking up Tony Garcia last week, Rivers remained the final draft pick unsigned. The Patriots took care of business before the end of the team’s mandatory minicamp, locking up the third-round pick. Rivers spoke to the media about being drafted by the Patriots last month.

“Man, I’m here. The road to get here is over with,” Rivers said per WEEI. “Now, it’s to focus on winning another Super Bowl.”

After earning first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors the last three years at Youngstown St., Rivers will look to make the transition to the NFL game. The small, athletic defensive had a strong combine. His 40-time, vertical jump, bench press, and shuttle were all tops for defensive lineman.

Rivers is slotted behind third-year player, Trey Flowers, as the second right defensive end. Flowers and Rivers join newly-acquired Kony Ealy, Geneo Grissom, and 2017 draftee Deatrich Wise as the team’s defensive ends.

– Ian Glendon is the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots and covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on and Facebook.

 

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