High-ranking Patriots staffer at Rutgers’ pro day

There were 20 NFL teams represented — including a defensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots Nick Caserio director of player personnel Nick Caserio — at Rutgers’ pro day on March 12, when 14 athletes worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Brandon Coleman, WR (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) — Coleman stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He did position drills, and had an average workout. Coleman underwent knee surgery in the 2013 offseason that hindered his production last season, preventing him from following up on his impressive 2012 season (he had 43 receptions for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012; 34 catches for 538 yards and four touchdowns in 2013).

Two potential priority free-agent pickups following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft also worked out at the pro day.

Marcus Thompson, DE (6-1 3/8, 250) — Thompson ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 33 1/2 vertical jump and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. He performed 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Thompson needs to find a position, since he’s not big enough to play defensive end in the NFL and might be better suited to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base defense.

Jeremy Deering, FS (6-1 1/8, 209) — Deering ran a 4.47-second 40 on his first attempt, but stumbled. So he ran it two more times, doing so in 4.40 and 4.42 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump an a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.99 seconds. He performed 18 strength lifts. Deering moved to free safety in 2013 after playing the previous three seasons at running back.

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