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B.J. Coleman to Packers: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback  B.J. Coleman #18 of the Tennessee Volunteers warms up before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Nashville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jon SiddowayCorrespondent IApril 28, 2012

 A highly-recruited player out of high school, B.J. Coleman originally committed to the Tennessee Volunteers before transferring out of the SEC powerhouse to Chattanooga—an FCS school. He quickly won the starting gig and went on to have a fairly successful career for the Mocs. 

At 6'5" and 220, Coleman has the prototypical size and arm strength of an NFL quarterback. He can make all the throws and has a quick, compact release.

Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com has this to say of Coleman's strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths: Physically imposing and solidly-built throughout his frame with good body strength. Has a strong arm with the ability to easily make all the throws. Has above average zip and velocity on his passes with strong stick throws. Possesses a smooth, quick release with good mechanics. 

Weaknesses: Almost too thick and appears a bit mechanical in some of his movements, including his throwing motion. Has inconsistent footwork in his drops and passing stance. Displays inconsistent touch on throws to all levels of the field and needs to show a better grasp of when to throw fastballs and when to put some air underneath throws. Shows improved accuracy, but his ball location is still streaky and needs improvement. 

 

Though he suffered through an injury-plagued senior season, he has since recovered and impressed scouts with his zip and much-improved accuracy in a recent pro day. 

While he possesses all the physical tools, Coleman remains raw in a lot of areas. He struggles with his footwork in the pocket and is often caught over-thinking. But don't be surprised to see Coleman develop into a solid backup and eventual starter in the league.  

 

Pick Analysis

The Green Bay Packers obviously don't have a need at quarterback, now or in the immediate future. That said, it's never a bad idea to plan ahead and groom a capable backup in the event Aaron Rodgers goes down. Coleman isn't ready to take snaps behind center, but he's got all the physical tools and now he's got a great teacher to watch from the sidelines.

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