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The New England Patriots and Kyle Dugger have officially agreed to the safety’s four-year rookie deal, the team confirmed Wednesday after a report from ESPN’s Field Yates. Dugger was the Pats’ highest pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, when New England selected the safety out of Lenoir-Rhyne with the 37th overall pick.
The signing makes the Patriots the first team in the NFL to sign their entire draft class.
Dugger, who stood out considerably at Division-II Lenoir-Rhyne, told reporters in his introductory conference call that he arrives in the NFL with a “mountain” on his shoulders. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound safety won the Cliff Harris Award for the best defensive player in D-II as a senior, despite playing just seven games.
Wednesday has become a busy day for Patriots safeties. Veteran Patrick Chung also made headlines with a reported two-year extension with New England. Devin McCourty also signed for two more years earlier in the offseason.
Elsewhere at safety, Terrence Brooks remains under contract and the Patriots signed former Chargers safety Adrian Phillips. Special teamer Cody Davis and sophomore UDFA Malik Gant round out a jam-packed safety depth chart in New England.