Getting to know Patriots' rookie class prior to their initial media availability

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Over the next two days, New England Patriots rookies will be available to reporters at Gillette Stadium, marking their first interviews with the local press since joining the team (outside of Cyrus Jones' introduction last Friday). Offensive players will be in the spotlight Wednesday, with the defense on Thursday.

As a springboard, here's a fun fact on each rookie:


C/G Joe Thuney (third round, 78th overall) -- From Centerville, Ohio, he earned his degree from NC State prior to his junior season (he had a redshirt year as a freshman) and is known for his intelligence on the field (reportedly scored a 39 on the Wonderlic test).

QB Jacoby Brissett (third round, 91st overall) -- In 2013, while sitting out NC State's season after transferring from Florida, he was named Scout Team Player of the Year, in part because he attended every road game but one by traveling on his own (he wasn't allowed to travel with the team).

WR Malcolm Mitchell (fourth round, 112th overall) -- From Valdosta, Georgia, he majored in communication studies at Georgia and earned the David Jacobs Award as a senior, which is given annually to the player who best portrayed courage, spirit, character and determination.

G Ted Karras (sixth round, 221st overall) -- The Indianapolis native attended Illinois and became the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten, including his great uncle, Alex Karras, who was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Lions before going into acting, including a starring role in the 1980s sitcom "Webster".

WR Devin Lucien (seventh round, 225th overall) -- From Encino, California, he was a graduate transfer out of UCLA who signed with Arizona State for his final season, closing out his career with nine catches for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

RB D.J. Foster (undrafted, Arizona State): An all-purpose threat, the 6-foot, 195-pound Foster appeared in 53 games during his four-year career and finished with 222 receptions for 2,458 yards while tallying 4,829 all-purpose yards (including 2,458 receiving yards and 2,355 rushing yards).

TE Steven Scheu (undrafted, Vanderbilt): A four-year starter at tight end, he played in 47 career games and finished with 83 receptions for 933 yards and seven touchdowns.

TE Bryce Williams (undrafted, East Carolina): A walk-on who began his college career at Marshall before transferring to East Carolina, the 6-foot-6, 258-pound Williams finished his career with 96 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns.


CB Cyrus Jones (second round, 60th overall) -- The 2011 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, he grew up a Ravens fan, with Tom Brady striking fear into him.

DT Vincent Valentine (third round, 96th overall) -- From Edwardsville, Illinois, he majored in journalism at Nebraska, entering the draft after a junior season in which he missed three games due to injury.

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (sixth round, 208th overall) -- The native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was a safety and punter at Kamehameha High School, and had 16.5 tackles for a loss in his final season at Eastern Illinois.

LB Elandon Roberts (sixth round, 214th overall) -- From Port Arthur, Texas, he started his collegiate career at Morgan State and played one season before transferring to Houston, where he totaled 23.5 tackles for a loss over three seasons.

CB V'Angelo Bentley (undrafted, Illinois) -- A two-year starter on defense, as well as a return specialist, he is the only player in school history to return a kickoff, a punt, an interception and a fumble for a touchdown.

DL Woodrow Hamilton (undrafted, Ole Miss): The 23-year-old played in 47 games with 25 starts at nose tackle and finished with 83 total tackles and three sacks.

LB C.J. Johnson (undrafted, Ole Miss): The 24-year-old began his college career as a defensive end before moving to middle linebacker for the 2015 season.

CB Jonathan Jones (undrafted, Auburn): The 22-year-old Jones, who ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, was a four-year starter at cornerback who finished his career with 129 total tackles and seven interceptions.

CB Cre'Von LeBlanc (undrafted, Florida Atlantic): The 5-9, 195-pound LeBlanc was named a team captain as a senior in 2015 and was the team’s Defensive MVP after finishing the year with 43 total tackles and four interceptions.