2021 NFL Draft: Damonte Coxie Player Profile

Damonte Coxie 2021 NFL Draft Overview

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 200 pounds

School: Memphis University

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Damonte Coxie 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Damonte Coxie, a Louisiana native and multi-sport star at East St. John High School, initially committed to play football at LSU. But due to academic issues and Coxie suffering a torn meniscus during the 2015 track season, LSU pulled their offer. He also received offers from Florida and Alabama.

Damonte Coxie ending up attending Memphis University and redshirted his first season in order to make sure his academics were where they needed to be. But once he saw the field he proved what he is capable of and was almost the program’s all-time leader in receptions. Due to deciding to opt out for the remainder of the 2020 season after playing in only two games in he came up short of that achievement. For his collegiate career Coxie amassed 185 receptions for 2,948 yards and 20 touchdowns, while averaging 15.9 yards per catch. His two best seasons came in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 he had 72 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 16.3 yards per reception. In 2019 Coxie had his best season with 76 receptions for 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns, while averaging 16.8 yards per catch.

Strengths

  • Size
  • Physicality
  • Ball skills
  • Makes contested catches
  • Great body control
  • Good at selling double moves
  • Will work back to underthrown passes
  • Competitive toughness
  • Long wingspan/catch radius
  • Return/special teams experience

Weaknesses

  • Below average athleticism
  • Limited route tree
  • Lacks separation quickness
  • Lacks explosiveness
  • Thin frame
  • Below average play strength
  • Doesn’t possess top-end speed

NFL Comparison: A.J. Green (best case scenario) but, more realistically, Preston Williams or former teammate, Anthony Miller.

Teams With Need at Position: Baltimore RavensChicago BearsCincinnati BengalsDetroit LionsGreen Bay PackersIndianapolis ColtsJacksonville JaguarsMiami DolphinsPhiladelphia EaglesNew England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans

Projection:  Day 3

Bottom Line on Damonte Coxie

Damonte Coxie is an outside receiver, but he had a fairly poor pro day. However, the tape does show that he is capable of being a productive receiver. In addition, while he didn’t excel at returning punts or kicks, he did both at Memphis. Him having special teams experience, even if he wasn’t excellent in college, could allow him an opportunity to see playing time while he finds his footing as a receiver in the NFL. Coxie may not be the most athletic or fastest wide receiver in this year’s draft, but he is capable of stretching the field vertically and he was extremely productive while at Memphis. If a team is able to select him on Day 3 they may very well be happy they did.

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