During the final day of the NFL draft, Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson was on the phone with the Atlanta Falcons and was optimistic they would draft him.
When the Falcons passed and Coxson went undrafted, the former blue-chip recruit from City College signed a three-year free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers that included a $5,000 signing bonus.
"This is something I always wanted to do," Coxson told The Baltimore Sun. "This is something I always dreamed about as a kid and now it's finally happened. My goal is to make the 53-man roster on opening day and help the team on special teams and at receiver."
Coxson reports to Green Bay today for a rookie minicamp. He chose the Packers over the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.
"Getting signed by an NFL team is still a big accomplishment," Coxson said. "The Packers wanted me a lot. They said they offered me the biggest undrafted contract they could give, their maximum bonus.
"I'm just looking forward to joining a new family, hopefully a new band of brothers and being a part of the Packers tradition. I get to play with one of the best quarterbacks in the game in Aaron Rodgers. It's exciting."
Coxson visited the Kansas City Chiefs and worked out at the Ravens, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and New York Jets local prospect days.
The former City standout ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds at his Pro Day workout. Coxson has been training with retired Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail for the past few months at The Arena Club in Bel Air, and has made a lot of physical improvements.
Coxson caught a career-high 43 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns last season and was named third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association. As a junior, Coxson caught 31 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns.
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When his father was diagnosed with diabetes, Coxson transferred to Maryland and played for the Terps for two seasons before transferring to Stony Brook when he became disenchanted with his role after Maryland hired coach Randy Edsall. Coxson's father died this year from diabetes.
"I'm dedicating this to my father, my son, everyone, my grandmother who passed away a few years ago," Coxson said. "I feel like my whole career has just been an uphill battle. It definitely wasn't given to me. I definitely had to work hard to get this opportunity.
"Along the way, I started achieving more things. I started to appreciate the game and success a whole lot more." I don't even thing about high school anymore. The NFL is a bigger stage. You have to be on top of your game every day and stay healthy and prove yourself all over again."