If you run for over 2,000 yards in a single season at Indiana, scouts are going to notice. If you do that with a broken foot for half of the season, scouts are really going to take notice. Coleman can attack the defense as a runner, receiver and return man. He’s a true triple threat.
Coleman is a north-south runner with good size (5’11”, 206 lbs) and enough power to run between the tackles. He has top-tier burst and can get to top speed in a few steps. He gets squared to the line and isn’t afraid of contact. He has inside vision and can produce on runs between the tackles. When asked to go outside the tackle box, Coleman has the speed and hips to turn the corner and then shake defenders in space. He finishes runs with power and has good body lean. He can also help as a receiver out of the backfield and flexed out to the slot, or he could come in and play as a return man.
Coleman was a one-year wonder at Indiana and doesn’t have prolonged success. Injuries are a concern, as he missed three games in 2013 with a broken ankle and played through the foot injury in 2014. Coleman isn’t as exciting as the other top backs in this class. He’s a straightforward runner who hits the hole but doesn’t create a ton of extra yards. He is not patient, and on stretch plays he’ll slam into the line instead of waiting for an opening.
Rushing Attempts: 270
Rushing Yards: 2,036
Coleman is more powerful and violent than C.J. Spiller, but the hands and speed are very similar.
FINAL GRADE: 6.45/9.00 (Rookie Starter)