Joe Vellano, former Terps DL, signs with Patriots as undrafted free agent

April 29, 2013|Baltimore Sun staff

Two days after the end of the NFL draft, former Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano has found a home.

Vellano, a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, signed Tuesday with the New England Patriots, according to Terps coach Randy Edsall.

Vellano is the fourth former Terp to join an NFL team as an undrafted free agent. The others are tight end Matt Furstenburg (Baltimore Ravens), defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Miami Dolphins) and linebacker Darin Drakeford (Kansas City Chiefs).

Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey was a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers.

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