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Bolts meet with UMass OT Larnel Coleman

Coleman showed out at the College Gridiron Showcase earlier this year.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 10 BYU at UMass Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A lot of these pre-draft meetings we hear about most often are the ones involving lesser-known names of the draft class. Of course the team is also meeting with top prospects, but it’s the ones from mid-major programs and Group of 5 schools that need some extra work done on them as sometimes there are those that go unnoticed due to lack of school brand power.

In that vein, the Chargers recently met with University of Massachusetts offensive tackle Larnel Coleman, per The Draft Network’s Justin Melo. Coleman most recently participated in the College Gridiron Showcase, one of the nation’s few postseason all-star events.

Coleman started the final three seasons of his career at UMass following a redshirt year in 2016 and only one start along the line as a redshirt freshman. After earning the gig at right tackle, starting all 12 games there in 2018, Coleman moved to the left side where he held it down for the rest of his time in college. In all, he started 13 games at right tackle and 16 at left tackle (the 2020 season was only four games long for UMass).

Coleman stood at at the GGS with his prototypical size (6’6, 315 pounds) and his excellent movement skills. His weight is well-distributed across his frame and he may even stand to put on another five to 10 pounds if he can sustain his athleticism in the process. At the end of the day, he’s likely a late day-three pick with upside.