Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson began the NFL draft process as a likely priority free agent.
Following a strong Pro Day workout where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds and a flurry of workouts and visits, the former City standout is hopeful that he's done enough to become a late-round draft pick.
Coxson is on NFL teams' draft boards as a draftable player, according to league sources.
"I feel like with what I did in the workouts and my Pro Day, I put myself in a better position to possibly be drafted," Coxson said in a telephone interview. "During my Pro Day, I performed well and showed scouts I was fast and ran great routes and caught the ball cleanly."
Coxson worked out for the Ravens, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and New York Jets during local prospect days. He also visited the Kansas City Chiefs and drew interest from other NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers.
"I proved I was a good route-runner and that I could catch the ball well and get in and out of my breaks," Coxson said. "I was able to show what I can do on the next level."
A Maryland transfer, Coxson bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 34-inch vertical leap during a Pro Day attended by the Packers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Jets, Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.
If Coxson isn't drafted, he'll be a priority free agent and several teams are expected to offer him a contract.
"I think a team should draft me, I'm definitely a sleeper in this year's draft," Coxson said. "I want to give them 120 percent, whether it's on special teams or at my position. Nobody is going to outwork me."
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.
"I would probably give all the credit to Q," Coxson said. "Without me working with him, I wouldn't have been nearly as well prepared at my Pro Day, physically and mentally. He's already been through it and knows what it takes to get to the next level. I would definitely recommend him to anybody."
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.
A former blue-chip recruit, Coxson signed with Florida out of high school before transferring to Maryland when his father went blind due to diabetes. His father died this year from the disease.
Coxson played for the Terps for two seasons, one for former coach Ralph Friedgen. He caught four passes for 90 yards as a redshirt freshman for new coach Randy Edsall before deciding to transfer to Stony Brook
"I just want to make the 53-man roster and get on the field at wide receiver or on special teams," Coxson said. "I feel like I have what it takes to contribute."
While he prepares for the NFL draft, Coxson said he's encouraged that the unrest in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray is starting to calm down.
"It's getting a little better," Coxson said. "It's definitely gone overboard, but I understand the people's frustration. They took it to a level where it was more so about them wanting to destroy things instead of making it a protest for Freddie Gray. I hope everyone can come together and help clean it up and get it back to where it was."