Former BYU linebacker Harvey Langi is reportedly one of the most sought-after undrafted players from this year's rookie NFL class, if pay is any indication.
Langi received $100,000 in guaranteed base salary as well as a $15,000 signing bonus when he signed with the New England Patriots last weekend, according to several national publications, including ESPN, the Boston Herald and USA Today.
That is the highest reported amount of guaranteed money for an undrafted free agent in this year's class so far, according to Spotrac, which tracks pro sports contracts. It is also $25,000 more in guaranteed money than those figures reported on the Spotrac site.
The 6-foot-1, 271-pound Langi was projected to be a mid- to late-round NFL draft pick but didn't hear his name called during the draft. NFL.com's Gil Brandt listed Langi as the No. 1 available linebacker following the 2017 draft, and he was quickly scooped up by the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, who were connected with Langi several times in the pre-draft process.
I'm blessed with my wife, family and for this opportunity the Patriots have given me pic.twitter.com/BIFKrRZowY— Harvey Langi (@LANGI21) April 30, 2017
The money Langi is guaranteed is favorable to what a fifth-round pick would make, ESPN's Mike Reiss wrote. The Patriots have signed another free agent, Wyoming tight end Jacob Hollister, to a guaranteed $80,000 base salary and a $10,000 signing bonus, while two other players have received signing bonuses more than $10,000 from the team, ESPN reported.
Langi played most of his snaps for BYU at inside linebacker, though he spent a large amount of last season at defensive end. The former Utah running back, who transferred to BYU following an LDS mission, also lined up in the Cougar backfield at times last year and rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
He finished his Cougar career with 139 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble in three seasons at BYU.
"Langi has ideal NFL ILB size, although he needs significant work getting off blocks. He played on the edge in 2016, but as an inside linebacker the year prior, opposing QBs had a passer rating of just 44.4 when throwing into his coverage," Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz wrote.
According to CBS Sports' list of reported Patriots' undrafted free-agent signings — the team has yet to officially announce its signings — Langi is the lone linebacker in New England's rookie class. The Patriots only had four draft picks, and none of them included a linebacker.
Langi joins a team that currently lists seven linebackers on its roster, including former BYU star Kyle Van Noy, who was traded to the Patriots last season, as well as Dont'a Hightower, Rob Ninkovich, Elandon Roberts and Shea McClellin.
That gives New England the core of its linebacker group returning in 2017. Langi appears to be in good position to earn a spot on the team, especially if he can prove valuable on special teams.
He will get his first chance to make an impression when New England holds its rookie minicamp this weekend, Friday through Sunday.