First Round Pick Cole Strange, All 2022 Patriots Conscripts Are Officially Signed


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

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New England Patriots offensive lineman Cole Strange participates in drills at the NFL football team’s practice facility. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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

Strange and two other rosters — 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 on Thursday afternoon.

Strange was a surprise pick at number 29, but the 23-year-old led Chattanooga’s offensive line to a successful season as a senior.

“No matter where I was drafted or where I was chosen, I would push in the exact same way with the same chip on my shoulder that I’ve always had,” Strange said shortly after the draft. “I know this is just the beginning and when I get there I will have a lot of work to do. And that’s how I’ve always felt. Wherever I went.”

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

Thornton – who picked up 62 receptions for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season in Miami – expressed excitement at being selected by the Patriots after the draft.

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

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

“It was great to get that call from the Patriots, and I’m more excited to get there, get to work and meet my teammates, meet everyone in the organization and get ready to go.” go play football,” Zappe told reporters after the draft. †

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