Patriots sign pair of draft picks

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Two more rookies -- second-round pick Jamie Collins and seventh-rounder Steve Beauharnais -- signed with the New England Patriots.
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but signing the two linebackers means the Patriots have four of their seven draft choices under contract.
Collins, 23, was the 52nd overall pick and first of two second-round picks by the Patriots in 2013. A converted safety, Collins made 34 starts and registered 314 total tackles, 21 sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. Last season he led the team with 92 total tackles and 10 sacks.
Beauharnais, 23, was the 235th selection overall and second of two seventh-round picks. A three-year starter, the middle linebacker was a Butkus Award finalist following his senior season.