Brandon Coleman will get his chance to show what he can do at Rutgers pro day this week. (AP)
With 59 days to go until the NFL draft, here’s a quick look at what’s going Monday in the pre-draft process:
– Upcoming pro days
Monday: San Diego, South Florida, Troy, Villanova
Tuesday: UConn, Kanas State, Michigan State, UCLA, Temple, Toledo
Wednesday: Southern Cal, Michigan, Alabama, Boston College, Colorado, Colorado State, Marshall, Rutgers, Oklahoma
For Patriots fans, the most notable day is Wednesday, as several major schools will hold their pro day sessions. We’ll highlight more as the week goes on (including Alabama’s workout, which could feature a few possible Patriots), but for now, our focus will be on Rutgers, which will hold its annual pro day on campus on Wednesday. Over the last few years, the Patriots have stocked the cupboard with plenty of former Scarlet Knights, including draft picks Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon, as well as undrafted free agent Mark Harrison. In that same vein, one guy for Patriots fans to keep an eye on will be Brandon Coleman. The wide receiver, who will be one of 18 Rutgers players set to participate, is a 6-foot-6, 225-pounder finished his collegiate career at Rutgers with 20 touchdowns, tied for first in school history. He’s well-aware of the Piscataway-to-Foxboro connection over the last few years, and said last month that he’s relying on his former teammates who are currently with the Patriots to help get him through the pre-draft process.
‘They just told me to keep a smile on my face. They just said go out there and be yourself, and just let everything flow naturally,’ said Coleman while meeting the media at the combine. ‘Just be myself. They’re going to love you for who you are ‘ just sell yourself and you’re going to be fine.’
‘They just told me that it can get crazy at times, and don’t let it get to my head. I haven’t quite been in a situation like this before, but I’ve been prepared. Rutgers has kind of guided me through this process before. I just have to go out there and be myself, and everything will take care of itself.’
– One other possibility worth mentioning in that group is UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo, who name-checked Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins as a ‘bad-ass’ who provides a perfect blueprint for any aspiring offensive lineman.
‘I watch a lot of Logan Mankins, left guard from the New England Patriots. I think Logan, he was a high draft pick, but he’s physical. He’s a bad-ass,” the 6-foot-3, 304-pound Su’a-Filo said. “He started from Day 1 in New England, and I love how nasty he is ‘ something about his game that I really try to implement.”
– In terms of Patriots-related news, the latest update from the weekend is from Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, who told media Friday at his pro day that he has a meeting scheduled with the Patriots on March 26.
While the Patriots aren’t expected to make a play for any of the elite quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, New England always gets a quarterback in the late rounds or as an undrafted free agent every year. Guiton, who is considered to be late-round prospect, could be that guy this year.
– A reminder to check out our burgeoning database of prospects as viewed through a Patriots’ prism. Updates are featured daily.