McCourty delivers scouting report on ex-teammate Coleman

McCourty delivers scouting report on ex-teammate Coleman
April 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- Good information on draft prospects is at a premium at this time of year. As such, when you can get a scouting report -- however brief -- from someone in the know, you should listen.

Devin McCourty met with members of the media on Thursday and discussed the player who is considered by most to be the top prospect out McCourty's alma mater Rutgers University: receiver Brandon Coleman.

"He's probably the most interesting one,"  McCourty said. "The thing I loved about him was his work ethic. I remember one summer I went back there and we did one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens with those guys. He was going each time. If one of the NFL guys got up there, he would go just to get the work in.

"I'm happy for him, getting a chance to try to live out his dream. Really all those guys [at Rutgers], they work hard there, I know whether it's here or somewhere else, they'll land somewhere, and they'll work their butt off to keep a job."

The Patriots have shown an affinity for Rutgers products in the draft in recent years. McCourty is one example (1st round, 2010), but the team also selected three Scarlet Knights in the 2013 draft: corner Logan Ryan (3rd round), safety Duron Harmon (3rd) and linebacker Steve Beauharnais (7th).

Bill Belichick's strong relationship with former coach Greg Schiano likely gives him unique insight into Rutgers prospects. Even though Schiano hasn't been coaching at the school since 2011, his former players are still there.

Coleman was recruited to Rutgers in 2010 and spent two years there with Schiano as head coach.

He is a 6-foot-6, 225 pound wideout who ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. In 38 games in his college career, he had 92 receptions for 1,743 yards and 20 touchdowns, which tied him with Tim Brown for the school's career record.

His size helps set him apart from other receiving prospects. With good hands and a long frame, he's big enough to be a good target in the red zone and on certain shorter receiving patterns. He also has enough speed to give a team a down-field threat on the outside.

One of the drawbacks with Coleman, according to some, is that he didn't show much physicality in his college career. As NFL defenses continue to get more and more aggressive with receivers, strength at the position is becoming more and more valued.

He's projected to be a mid-to-late round pick.