Patriots announce signing of LB/DE Jamie Collins, their top draft pick (52nd overall).
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 17, 2013
This marks the third of their draft picks to be signed with Duron Harmon being the first. Jamie Collins was their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and fills a role that I deemed the most important to fill in the off-season, the coverage linebacker.
Collins has been brought in to add speed and pursuit on a linebacking crew that lacked just that. His ability to cover will make the Patriots way more effective against tight ends and running backs that are going out to catch a pass.
Apparently the Patriots like what they see out of Harmon and Collins and so they have wasted little time in signing these players to their rookie tenders.