In a recent column for ESPN, Patriots reporter Mike Reiss had several interesting points to make regarding the upcoming NFL Draft for the New England Patriots. Among other things, Reiss mentions that the Patriots could consider drafting a a developmental offensive tackle like Auburn’s Shon Coleman this year.
For a significant chunk of the 2015-16 season, the Patriot offensive line was a huge liability, eventually leading to their season-ending loss to Denver in the AFC Championship, as they allowed the Bronco front seven to pressure Patriot quarterback Tom Brady all afternoon.
"NFL teams can bring up to 30 draft prospects to their facility as part of the scouting process, and the Patriots often dedicate a good number of those visits to players with medical questions so they can get the most up-to-date and independent medical report. Auburn offensive tackle Shon Coleman falls into that category, as he had the Patriots on his itinerary after he was excluded from the combine because of a right knee injury.
With starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and swing tackle Marcus Cannon entering the final seasons of their contracts, drafting a developmental tackle could be on the Patriots’ radar and Coleman (who will be 25 during his rookie season) might fit early in the draft if his medical status checks out."
Coleman flashed a ton of potential in his time at Auburn, and with the Patriots needing a guy to develop and fill in for a potential departed player in a couple of years, he could be a very nice fit for New England.
Coleman has the potential to be a very good lineman, and doesn't have his name in any negative headlines away from the field, so don't be shocked if he is selected by the Patriots on draft night.