By: Ian Logue
The Patriots grabbed some speed on Friday, with Kevin O’Donnell of Fox 13 in Tampa Bay reporting that they’ve agreed to terms with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps.
Demps joins Jermaine Cunningham, Jabar Gaffney, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Spikes, and Gerard Warren as the sixth former Florida Gator who will be on New England’s roster. That’s the largest number of players of any university, with Cunningham, Spikes, and Hernandez being the most recent players selected (all three were drafted in 2010).
In four years at Florida, Demps had 2,470 career yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. Demps didn’t attend any college football senior all-star games or take part in any NFL draft workouts, instead putting his focus on this year’s Olympic games in London.
According to O’Donnell Demps’ final decision came down to the Buccaneers and the Patriots, and he decided to come to New England. Another report also claims that the Jets were in the running.
He’s expected to immediately compete for a spot in New England’s return game, so obviously things have just become a little more interesting.
Here’s a look at his draft profile: