The Patriots added some competition for veteran Nick Folk by taking Maryland kicker Chad Ryland with the 112th’s pick in the sixth round.
The Pats made a trade with the New York Jets to move up to 112, giving Gang Green No. 120 in the fourth round, and 184 in the sixth round in the swap.
Jumping up the board, they had to feel Ryland, one of the top kickers in the draft, would be gone by their next pick at No. 117.
Ryland had played at Eastern Michigan for four years, posting a single-season record for points scored before transferring to Maryland.
During his one season with the Terrapins, he was selected All-Big Ten with 19 field goals in 23 attempts. He also converted 39 of 40 extra point attempts.
He has a powerful leg. Had a career-high 55 yard field goal, and experts see him having the leg to break into the 60-yard range. He also has quality hang-time on kickoffs.
He tends to be a bit streaky, and would need to improve his accuracy to be a starter in the NFL. At Maryland, he was 3 of 6 from 50-plus yards.
Ryland played football, baseball and soccer in high school.