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Fresno's Colburn a late-round QB option

INDIANAPOLIS -- While the Patriots may not be in the market for an early-round quarterback, if they are looking for a late-round/undrafted prospect to develop, Fresno State’s Ryan Colburn may be one option.

At Thursday’s NFL Combine, Colburn was asked about which player could be considered his role model. His answer? Current Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“He knows how and when to go about his business,” Colburn explained. “He’s just calm, cool, and nobody can quite understand why he’s so good. The guy just wins.”

The connection between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Fresno State head coach Pat Hill, who served as an assistant coach for Belichick with the Browns in the early 1990s, has paid dividends for the Patriots in the past.

The 2005 draft, in particular, brought Fresno State guard Logan Mankins and safety James Sanders to the Patriots, while guard/center Ryan Wendell is also a product of Hill’s system.

The left-handed Colburn (6-foot-3, 218 lbs.) was named to the all-academic All-WAC team, and NFL Draft Scout describes him as “one of the hardest working players on the team.”

In his Combine interview with the media on Thursday, one reporter told Colburn that he seemed “wise beyond his years” and asked Colburn, who was sporting a six-week old wedding band on his hand, about what he can attribute to his maturity.

“I can just be myself. I have nothing to hide,” he responded. “I’m just going to keep being myself all week and showcase who I am as a person.”