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Northwestern receiver Austin Carr signs with Patriots as undrafted free agent

A somewhat undersized, pass-catching machine. Sounds like Tom Brady's new favorite target.

Jokes were flying before this year's NFL Draft that Northwestern wideout Austin Carr would somehow end up with the Patriots and turn into a Pro Bowler.

Well, the first half of that prediction came true shortly after the draft came to a close, as Carr, the reigning Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, signed with New England as an undrafted free agent.

It was a pretty big head-scratcher when the draft ended and Carr's name hadn't been called. After all, he was one of college football's best receivers last season, named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after leading the Big Ten in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Less of a surprise is where Carr did eventually end up, as the former walk-on looked like a stereotypical Brady target all along. Now Carr is a part of the defending Super Bowl champs.

Northwestern did get two players drafted on Day 3 of the draft, with linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. going to the Indianapolis Colts and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo going to the Minnesota Vikings.