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Saturday, May 10, 2014

UPDATE: Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman goes undrafted, signs with Saints, per reports

(AP photo)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Despite an attractive 6-foot-6 frame, an impressive combine and a place in Rutgers' history books, wide receiver Brandon Coleman was not drafted Saturday.

Rutgers did not have a player selected in the three-day draft for the first time since 2011.

Coleman finished his three-year career with 94 receptions for 1,808 yards and 20 touchdowns, tied for a school record. Thirty-two receivers were called ahead of him.

Coleman later signed an undrafted free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints, per several reports.

Coleman spent most of 2013 — a season of career lows in nearly every offensive category — rehabbing offseason knee surgery but ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine in February.

ESPN analyst Todd McShay called him a "really good value pick late on Day 2" before the draft.

"With the durability this past year and the offseason knee injury and being held out of spring, I don’t think he was really himself most of the year," McShay said. "The best tape I studied of him this year was the bowl game (against Notre Dame). It seemed like maybe some additional time to rest helped, I’m not sure."

A historically deep receiver class, plus health questions, likely forced Coleman's descent. An NFL-record 12 wideouts were selected in the first two rounds.

Coleman likely soothed concerns about his right knee with his performance at the combine, but teams have their own medical evaluations during pre-draft meetings.

Coleman sat out spring practice, then was limited during training camp. He told Gannett New Jersey after the season he played at less than 100 percent.

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