The 4th year junior wide receiver elected to forego his final year of eligibility, which was a no-brainer. Corey Coleman bursted onto the scene after a huge season at Baylor where he led the nation with 20 receiving TDs. Many project the elite vertical threat as a first round pick, but is he too one-dimensional to go that high?

Name: Corey Coleman
College: Baylor
Size: 5’11”/190
Class: Junior (RS)
Projection: First round
Comparison: Golden Tate

Strengths

  • Pure athlete
  • Speed/explosiveness
  • Deep threat
  • Makes plays with the ball
  • Yards after catch
  • Quick routes
  • Creating separation

Weaknesses

  • Effort off the ball
  • Blocking
  • Tries to do too much on occasion
  • Inconsistent hands
  • Strength

Watching Corey Coleman on film, he jumps out at you like no other. You can immediately identify his elite athletic ability. Coleman is a pure deep threat who can stretch the field with the best of them – he is explosive over the top. He has 4.3 speed which causes fits for defensive backs who try to match him step-for-step. His speed forces defenses to put a safety over the top as his deep threat ability requires insurance.

Not only does Coleman make an impact vertically, but he runs solid quick routes such as slants and curls. On slants you’ll see him burst into the middle of the field with a few strides away from the defender – he excels at creating separation no matter the route. Coleman’s dynamic athleticism makes him a threat to take it to the house everytime he has the ball in his hands. He can create a lot after the catch with his tremendous playmaking ability. However, sometimes he tries to do too much and will dance around even if nothing is developing on that play – he needs to know when to go down because that can comeback to hurt him and his team in the NFL.

The area of Coleman’s game that I really dislike is his effort on a play-to-play basis. If he knows he’s not getting the ball, he won’t put forth any effort whatsoever, even if that means blocking or at the very least deceiving the defense in thinking so. This leads me to question his attitude, and whether or no he is a selfish and lazy player. He shows no effort off the ball.

I’ve seen Coleman drop some catchable balls here and there, he doesn’t have bad hands by any means although I wouldn’t call them reliable. Has dealt with a minor hamstring injury in the past.

Most NFL Draft experts peg Coleman as a first round pick due to his playmaking ability and his presence as a difference maker on offense. I see him more in the 2nd round range. While he has proven to be a threat not only vertically but on the short game as well, I don’t know how his game translates into the NFL. Is he just a system WR? Or is he actually an elite NFL talent? He is guaranteed to blow it up at the combine which should solidify him as a first round WR – but I’m not sold on the WR out of Baylor.

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

Jonathan has been investing his time in sports writing for the past decade. Breaking Football's lead writer covers anything from the NFL Draft to providing fantasy football insight. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore. Follow him on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB to talk anything football.