2016 NFL Draft Profile: Corey Coleman

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Overview:
Position – Wide Receiver
Height – 5’11”
Weight – 195 lb.
School – Baylor

Combine Performance Data:
40.5” Vertical Jump
17 reps – Bench Press (225 lb.)
10’9” Broad Jump
4.37 40-yard dash (Pro Day)

2016 NFL Draft Profile: Corey Coleman

Player Profile:

At the start of the 2015 college football season, NFL.com released a chart that ranked all of the top draft prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft.  Scouts had collectively ranked Coleman as the #1 “Most Freakish” athlete, and the #1 “Most Explosive” player in all of college football.  By the end of the season he would hold multiple records as a Baylor Bear, and be well on his way to the NFL.

Coming out of Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, Coleman had to prove himself every day in order to make it to the next level.  At 5’11” and 195 pounds, he has never been the biggest guy on the field, but he’s almost always been one of the quickest.  His father, who has been in prison for felony cocaine distribution ever since Corey was young, has never seen his son play.  But Corey was motivated for a better future.  He was guided by his godfather, Ray Crockett, a former Baylor Bear and standout defensive back in the NFL; along with the hard work and perseverance of his mother, Cassandra Jones.

By redshirting his freshman year, Coleman allowed himself time to develop physically, as well as wrap his head around Art Briles’ spread offense.  During his redshirt freshman season, the extra development was evident by his confidence and comfort level within Baylor’s offense.  Coleman amassed 527 yards on 35 receptions for two touchdowns.  His sophomore season showcased his full repertoire of moves and blazing speed.  1,119 yards on 64 catches for eleven scores were his totals that season, and he even earned himself an All-American nomination.  But nothing was quite as impressive as Coleman’s junior campaign at Baylor.  He ran away with the Biletnikoff Award by totaling 1,363 yards on 74 catches, and a school-record 20 touchdowns.

Strengths:

  • Blazing Speed
  • Explosive Quickness off the ball
  • Dynamic Leaping Ability
  • Difficult to catch in the open field
  • Tough blocker for his size

Weaknesses:

  • Questionable Route Tree in College System
  • A bit undersized for crossing routes
  • Sometimes has difficulty catching away from his body
  • Could have used another year to develop and move up draft board

NFL Comparisons:

  • Santonio Holmes
  • John Brown
  • Kendall Wright
  • Golden Tate

Bottom Line:

So after being a key cog in Baylor’s best four-year run in school history, Coleman finds himself ready to be a part of something big again.  With instant separation off the line of scrimmage, and blazing downfield speed, he will have plenty of suitors available for his services at the next level.  Currently graded as the third wide receiver to come off the draft board, he is projected to be selected anywhere between the 29th and 59th overall pick in this year’s draft.  The future is certainly bright for Mr. Coleman.

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