The Patriots have signed Rutgers defensive back Jeremy Deering as an undrafted free agent, per a league source.

Deering showed great positional versatility over the course of his college career — at Rutgers, he™s lined up as a wildcat quarterback, wide receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner.

However, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder settled into the role of free safety last year ‘€” he had 39 tackles and a pick in in 10 starts at the position with the Scarlet Knights in 2013.

It what has become a tradition for Patriots’ top draft picks, defensive lineman Dominique Easley arrived at Gillette Stadium on Monday and had the chance to meet with New England owner Robert Kraft.

“I understand he’s a great dancer,” Kraft told the media when asked about Easley. “Not that we’re looking after sacks to have dances, but you never know. We’ll leave that to him.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to discuss the Patriots’ selections in the NFL draft and the Michael Sam situation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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FOXBORO — With their seventh-round selection Saturday night, the Patriots selected Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon.

The 5-foot-8, 187-pound Gallon has put up impressive numbers over the last two years with the Wolverines, including 89 catches for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. He also posted good numbers as a return man, compiling 589 yards on 27 kick returns in 2010, and 192 yards on 31 punt returns in 2011.

FOXBORO — With the 206th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Patriots selected cornerback Jemea Thomas out of Georgia Tech.

At 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds, the slightly undersized — but solidly built — Thomas played all four years at Tech as a defensive back, starting the final 28 games of his career on defense.

FOXBORO — Concordia defensive end Zach Moore was taken in the sixth round — 198 overall — by the Patriots in the NFL draft on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5, 269-pounder registered 33 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks last year with Concordia.

FOXBORO — The Patriots selected Florida offensive lineman Jon Halapio in the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL draft.

The third offensive lineman taken in the 2014 draft by New England, Halapio is a 6-foot-3, 321-pound interior lineman who started all 13 games at right guard for Florida in 2013. Overall, the St. Petersburg native appeared in 51 games and made 43 starts in his career at Florida.

FOXBORO — Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming was taken by the Patriots with the 140th overall pick in the draft on Saturday.

FOXBORO — The Patriots selected running back James White out of Wisconsin with the 130th overall pick in the NFL draft Saturday.