FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have tapped the Rutgers pipeline in recent NFL drafts, starting with safety Devin McCourty (1st round, 2010) and then picking three Scarlet Knights last year in cornerback Logan Ryan (3rd round, 83rd overall), safety Duron Harmon (3rd round, 91st overall) and linebacker Steve Beauharnais (7th round, 235th overall).
Could receiver Brandon Coleman be the next in line?
Coleman was highlighted as part of the "Beyond the first round" series as a third-round consideration, so on Thursday at Gillette Stadium, I asked McCourty his thoughts on him.
"He's probably the most interesting [Rutgers prospect this year]," McCourty responded. "The thing I loved about him is his work ethic. I remember one summer, I went back there and we were just doing 1-on-1s and 7-on-7s with those guys and he was going each time. If one of the NFL guys got up there, he would go just to get the work. I'm happy for him, getting a chance to live out his dream."
McCourty said Coleman and the other Rutgers prospects can all be counted on for one thing.
"They work there," McCourty said. "I know whether it's here or somewhere else, those guys will land somewhere and work their butt off trying to keep a job."