Georgia Tech

Patriots sign former Tech DT Darryl Richard

According to the Boston Globe, former Yellow Jackets defensive tackle Darryl Richard was signed to a four-year deal with the New England Patriots earlier this week. One of the many leaders the Yellow Jackets relied heavily upon last season, Richard was the 234th overall pick (7th round) in this Apirl's NFL Draft.

Richard is the fourth of New England's 12 rookies to sign, the Globe reported.

A 6-foot-4, nearly 300-pound tackle from Destrehan, La., Richard was a second-team All-ACC selection after picking up 34 tackles and four sacks.

Also, according to various published reports in the New England area, Richard -- who graduated from Tech in three years, and claimed a Master's degree before departing last fall -- scored a 37 on the Wonderlic test draft prospects are obligated to take. That score was the highest of any drafted Patriots player, and the highest among all defensive linemen in the draft.

Injecting myself into this, I must add that the Patriots are getting a steal in Richard. His on paper intelligence is dwarfed by his great personality. And his on field ability has the potential to be much better than his 7th-round drafting may let on. Always friendly, he left a positive ambience in Georgia Tech's locker room, and his presence will definitely be missed.

Darryl has been back around Georgia Tech some this summer, and he's got a lot of the young Jackets hinging on every word he tells them. Last week, Brad Jefferson and a few other defensive players had good things to say about recent visits from Richard... perhaps I'll post those on here soon.