(Pequot Lakes, MN) — Former Golden Gopher defensive end Carter Coughlin of Eden Prairie is spending this “stay-at-home” time at his family’s cabin near Pequot Lakes. He says he is staying in shape the best he can with some limited indoor equipment and some outdoor activities. Coughlin says he stays in regular touch with his agent, who is briefing N-F-L teams about Coughlin’s skill set. Prospects are not allowed to travel to visit teams or to work out in person with teams during the COVID-19 pandemic, so that has been a challenge for all players hoping to hear their name called on draft days. However, Coughlin says he has four years of good game film and teams will hear positive reviews from his Gopher coaches, teammates and area scouts, so he is not all that concerned about missing those visits or workouts. Coughlin says he is more worried about getting drafting by a team that will use him in a role that fits his skills, and less about which round he gets drafted. This year’s N-F-L Draft runs from April 23-25 and will happen on line. Coughlin helped guide Minnesota to an 11-2 record last season and a top ten finish to end a season for the first time since 1962. He is third on the all-time Golden Gopher career sack list.
Carter Coughlin spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: