Patriots sign second-round pick, DB Dawson

Defensive back Duke Dawson (7), shown making an interception that he returned for a Florida touchdown against Michigan last season, has signed with the New England Patriots.Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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Defensive back Duke Dawson, second-round pick of the New England Patriots in the NFL draft last month, signed on Wednesday, the team announced. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Dawson, 22, was selected by the Patriots with 56th overall selection of the draft out of Florida, where played all 48 games over four seasons with the Gators.

The 5-foot-10, 202-pounder had 82 tackles, 23 passes defensed and returned three of his six interceptions for touchdowns during his career. In 2017, he made 34 tackles, returned one of his four interceptions for a touchdown and had nine passes defensed.