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Patriots bring in a former first-round draft pick for a free agency workout

Two years ago, Coleman was a first-round draft pick. Now, he’s a free agent.

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The New England Patriots are apparently still looking for ways to improve their wide receiver depth chart. After already adding Chad Hansen off waivers last week, the team has brought in one of the most intriguing players left on the open market for a workout earlier today. No, it is not ex-Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant, but it is still another once highly acclaimed draft prospect.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots brought in wideout Corey Coleman:

The #Patriots spent today working out former #Browns first-round WR Corey Coleman, I’m told. He has a visit with the #Eagles scheduled for tomorrow.

Coleman originally entered the NFL as the 15th overall selection of the 2015 NFL draft, but failed to live up to the expectations that come along with being a first-round pick: due to a series of injuries and inconsistent play, he appeared in only 18 games over his first two years in the league and caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns – 23 catches for 305 yards and two scores coming last year, during a season cut short by a broken hand.

In August, after he demanded more playing time in the Browns’ offense, Cleveland traded the 24-year old to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick. Coleman was unable to make the team, however, and was let go again after not even a month. Since then, the 5’11, 185 lbs wideout has remained on the open market but had a workout with the Arizona Cardinals just a few days ago.

Coleman is just the latest wide receiver to visit Foxboro: the team already brought in Kendall Wright – another former first-round selection – and Brandon Reilly last week.