With their penultimate pick in the draft, the Patriots added depth at cornerback and on their special teams units with Michigan State’s Ameer Speed.
Speed is a sixth-year senior who stands at 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds and clocked a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He also recorded a 6.99-second time in the 3-cone, a plus time for tall cornerbacks and an important measure for the Patriots at his position. He is a long press corner with minimal starting experience after he was buried on the depth chart at Georgia for five seasons.
Last year, he transferred to Michigan State, where he started 11 of 12 games, made 62 tackles and broke up five passes. He did not record an interception in college and projects as a special teamer in New England.
He graduated from Georgia in 2021 after starting only three games and making 25 career tackles. His one pass breakup with the Bulldogs was in 2017. Speed also logged more than 500 snaps on kick and punt coverage, according to The Athletic, and will turn 24 in October.
The Patriots’ draft class so far:
Round 1, pick No. 17: Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez
Round 2, pick No. 46: Georgia Tech DL Keion White
Round 3, pick No. 76: Sacramento State LB Marte Mapu
Round 4, No. 107: Troy center Jake Andrews
Round 4, No. 112: Maryland kicker Chad Ryland
Round 4, No. 117: Eastern Michigan offensive lineman Sidy Sow
Round 5, No. 144: UCLA offensive lineman Atonio Mafi
Round 6, No. 187: LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte
Round 6: No. 192: Michigan State punter Bryce Baringer
Round 6: No. 210: Liberty wide receiver Demario Douglas
Round 6: No. 214: Michigan State cornerback Ameer Speed