Patriots sign top draft pick Kyle Dugger

Patriots sign top draft pick Kyle Dugger
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 01: Defensive back Kyle Dugger of Lenoir-Rhyne runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Patriots have signed safety Kyle Dugger, the last drafted rookie to sign a deal with the team. It’s believed the contract is a four-year deal worth $8.3 million, based on the salary-slot information known for first-year players.

Dugger, who played at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, was chosen by the Patriots with the 37th selection in the 2020 Draft. He appeared in 42 games during his college career and totaled 237 tackles, 10 interceptions, 36 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and six fumbles recoveries. In addition, he returned 67 punts for a school-record 929 yards and six touchdowns.

Despite playing in just seven games due to injury as a senior in 2019, Dugger was impactful enough to win the Cliff Harris Award, given to the best defensive player in NCAA Division II.