Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (HT: 6'6", WT: 225 lbs)
NFL Comparison: Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
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- Elite size and overall build.
- Has the raw talent to develop into a quality possession receiver.
- Does a decent job positioning himself to box out small defensive backs in 50/50 situations.
- Straight-line speed is just enough to force defensive backs to respect his ability to go deep.
- Has shown the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and adjust to poorly thrown balls on deep routes.
- Route running is relatively polished, even though he lacks the quickness to run them efficiently.
- Hands aren't elite, but when the ball is properly placed he's fairly consistent.
- Blocking is a strength.
- Gives a good effort as a blocker and has the size to become elite in this area with improved technique.
- Battled though a tough situation in the Rutgers football program, dealing with incredibly inconsistent quarterback play and four different offensive coordinators.
- Hands are a question mark, but many of his drops came on balls that were off the mark that he failed to properly adjust to.
- Seemed to frequently not be on the same page as his quarterbacks in terms of timing and depth of routes, but it's difficult to assign blame to the receiver or quarterback without knowing the exact design of the play.
- Surprisingly inefficient against press coverage.
- He has the strength to fight off press coverage, but lacks the burst to pull away when he wins the physical battle.
- Speed is adequate, but he's slow off the snap and takes quite a few steps to really get moving.
- Has the size to break tackles, but otherwise doesn't provide much of a threat after the catch.
- Lacks the speed and athleticism to lose defensive backs in man coverage.
- Every reception is contested because he can't break free from man coverage.
- Considering his size, his catch radius is relatively small due to a lack of agility in short bursts.
- Struggles to adjust to poorly placed balls on shorter routes, which limits his effectiveness as a possession receiver.
- Too hesitant as a blocker.
- Needs to realize he has the size to be a dominant blocker, even without perfect technique, and become more aggressive.
- Underwent knee surgery during the offseason prior to 2013 season.
- Started 27 of 39 career games.
- 29th-ranked wide receiver recruit by Rivals in 2010 recruiting class.
- Also played basketball in high school.
- Redshirted in 2010.
Coleman's career was incredibly inconsistent, but it's tough to ignore the fact that it mirrored the situation around him. With quarterback play that could be described as mediocre at best, and a revolving door of offensive coaches coming and going, it's hard to fault him for his roller coaster career.
That said, Coleman does enter the league with a lot of question marks and he'll need to be coached up in order to reach his full potential. If he lands in a stable situation in the NFL he could flourish, but if he's thrown into another failing program he'll struggle to break bad habits and will likely be labeled a bust within a few years.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th round
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