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Name: Corey Coleman
Position: Wide Receiver
Pro team: Cleveland Browns
College team: Baylor Bears
Draft Status: Round One, Pick #15 overall
Weight: 194 pounds
Arm Length: 30.25”
40-Yard Dash: DNP (PlayerProfiler.com lists a 4.42 40 time)
Bench: 17 reps
When people talk about an explosive athlete, Coleman is just the type of player they are talking about. He was ranked in the top five at the NFL Scouting Combine in the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press at the wide receiver position. He combines the speed to get over the top of most corners with great ups and the ability to win contested catches. He also received touches coming out of the backfield and as a returner. To top it all off, he has a nose for the end zone with 20 touchdown catches in 2015.
Like many young wideouts, he ran a limited route tree in college. The Baylor offense didn’t ask him to do anything complicated, but rather use his speed and playmaking ability. He will have to learn the nuance of route running at the NFL level. He also doesn’t have ideal size for a #1 wide receiver in the NFL, but then again, neither does Odell Beckham Jr. He shows signs of being disinterested in plays away from him on the field as well. Some also consider drops to be a concern for Coleman.
Say what you will about Cleveland, it features an ocean of opportunity at the wide receiver position. Coleman finds himself immediately atop the wide receiver depth chart. His biggest competition for targets may be tight end Gary Barnidge. It’s also a new regime with a new offensive coach at the helm in Hue Jackson, so the jury is out on what the Cleveland offense will be in 2015. Whatever it is, Coleman is sure to get a lot of opportunity to prove himself.
There are two real threats to Coleman in Cleveland. The first is Josh Gordon. Saying Gordon’s future in Cleveland (or the NFL for that matter) is up in the air is a big understatement. But if Gordon were to clean up his act and make a return to the Browns, he would likely siphon away targets from Coleman. But there’s also a chance they could become a significantly dynamic duo.
The second threat comes at the quarterback position. As is usually the case in Cleveland, question marks abound here. Can Robert Griffin III regain his rookie year form? What about Josh McCown or the third round rookie Cody Kessler? Many questions are yet to be answered at the position in Cleveland and it may be a tumultuous year for the rookie Coleman.
Opportunity is the key here. Coleman should immediately start and get a chance at a good deal of the targets in Cleveland. If he can put his athletic profile to work in the NFL, it could lead to a strong rookie year for the Baylor product.
A lot of this depends on the development of Coleman and whether or not Cleveland is finally turning a corner. If Coleman can refine his route running skills while putting his athletic gifts to work, he could have a bright future. But this does hinge (in some respects) on whether Cleveland can leave behind its recent offensive inconsistency.
Rookie Draft Advice
If you don’t have a top five pick, you aren’t getting Corey Coleman. And it may require a pick as high as two if you want to ensure you get him. He’s in the mix along with Laquon Treadwell and Josh Doctson as the second overall rookie pick in most drafts. His current rookie ADP has him as third overall. Coleman has both athleticism and opportunity, so I can’t fault anyone for taking him anywhere after Ezekiel Elliott.
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To me, the top 4 is solidified in rookie drafts. I wopuld be surprised if Zeke, Doctson, Treadwell, and Coleman don’t go in that order. Pick # 5 is where the draft will get unpredictable. To me this guy is an Antonio Brown clone…he probably has Antonio Brown to thank for his high draft stock because until Antonio Brown became Antonio Brown, nobody valued a 5’11” 194lb WR. People didn’t even think Antonio Brown was going to be Antonio Brown when he was coming out of college. I think Cooks further solidified that a 5’10”-5’11” guy can be a WR1, and the fact that a team rooted in metrics drafted him makes him a lock in the top 4 of rookie drafts.