Top pick Collins signs contract

The New England Patriots have signed second-round draft choice Jamie Collins, the team announced Friday.

Collins was the team's top choice in last month's draft. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Collins, who played defensive end at Southern Mississippi, will begin his career in New England at linebacker.

The Patriots also made the signing of seventh-round pick Steve Beauharnais official, meaning the team has now signed four of its seven draft choices.