QB Mallett set to sign

Third-round draft selection Ryan Mallett is set to sign his contract and could be on the practice field as soon as Friday morning.

Via his Twitter account this morning, Mallett said he was "headed to sign my contract. I can't wait to get out there."

With Mallett in the fold, the Patriots will have their top three draft choices remaining unsigned: running back Shane Vereen, offensive lineman Nate Solder, and cornerback Ras-I Dowling, as well as fifth-round selection Marcus Cannon.