2014 NFL Draft Scouting Profile: Rutgers Wide Receiver Brandon Coleman

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PERSONAL

  • Name: Brandon Coleman
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 220
  • Hometown: Accokeek, MD
  • Birth date: June 22, 1992
  • School: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

STATISTICS

YEAR

REC

YARDS

YPC

LONG

TD

2012

43

718

16.7

85

10

2011

17

552

32.5

92

6

STRENGTHS

Size

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Coleman is a nightmare matchup for any defensive back in college football. He stands out on film. At six-foot-six, he will never run into a secondary player who is as tall as he is. This gives him a distinct advantage every time is steps on the field.

He is not a wiry 6’6” either. A well-proportioned athlete, Coleman will also be functionally stronger than the player lining up across from him more plays than not.

When his quarterback gives him a chance, he’s really just boxing out and rebounding—just like he’s playing as a power forward on the football field. If he put on some weight and improved his blocking technique, he could also be a hell of a tight end.

Size is not coachable. It’s a crapshoot of genes and luck. Coleman rolled seven.

Catch Radius

Coleman’s height and pterodactyl wingspan give his quarterbacks a larger target and more room for error. NFL scouting departments are going to drool over his ability to turn usually uncatchable balls into first downs and scores.

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Coleman can reach heights others simply can’t. It does not matter the effort or technique Brandon Knight has inside him; he is simply not capable of challenging DeAndre Jordan at the rim. Defenders are unable to climb the tree with Coleman, though Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton would vouch for any cornerback. It’s just physics.

Athleticism

Coleman is surprisingly sudden for such a large man.

Let’s not get carried away here because Coleman is no Tavon Austin, but he does have the wiggle to create plays for himself in tight quarters.

Typically, a bigger receiver is not going to be catching screen passes unless the team is planning on him moving the pile forward a few yards. Coleman has the ability to make a defender miss and turn a horizontal pass into a big gain.

Long Speed

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Coleman is a big-play wide receiver, evident by his career 21.6 yard per catch average and 16 to 60 touchdown to reception ratio.

When Coleman gets up to full speed, he is not going to be caught from behind. His long strides allow him to pull away from defenders, and it looks effortless. He, honestly, looks like a large Gazelle gliding down the football field. It’s not often that a receiver this big can run this well.

Hands

Coleman is a natural hands catcher, who can pluck the ball away from his frame. He doesn’t do a lot of body catching unless it is necessary. He has shown he has the strong mitts to make tough grabs in traffic.

Coleman can corral footballs from all over the spectrum. His one-handed snag against Syracuse was a thing of beauty.

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I haven’t measured (or found a source with) the size of Coleman’s hands, but I am assuming that they are like his wingspan: bigger than yours.

Strength at LOS

Coleman is anything but an easy press cover. Smaller defenders, which is all of them compared to Coleman, are going to find it difficult to impede Coleman’s progress off the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t have the quickest jump off the line, but it’s a tall task to ask a corner to keep him there.

WEAKNESSES

Concentration

This is one of the biggest things noticed on tape. When he drops footballs, it is usually because he a) looks to run before he catches the ball or b) he knows that there is a chance that he could take a blow. Both reasons cause him to takes his eyes off the football at times, and a receiver can’t score a touchdown without the football.

The first option is the most common for Coleman, who obviously understands the damage he can do when he has the ball, while the latter is a rare occurrence.

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Credit: zimbio.com

Could Get More Out of His Frame

Don’t let this lead you to believe that Coleman doesn’t get a lot out of his frame, he does, but he could get a lot more out of a physical toolset that very few men on this planet are blessed with.

He could be more physical at the highest point. He needs to attack the football like he already knows it’s his. Although he does use his body well, he could use it to shield defenders from the ball better.

First-Step Quickness

Although Coleman is quick and agile for his size, he is not immune from the problem if having long legs: it takes them a bit longer to get them going.

Though his movement skills are surprising for a big man, he does take a second to get up to top speed. When he is already moving, he gets to his top gear very quickly, but from a complete standstill he does have to build to speed.

Boundary Catching

Coleman could also work on his feet placement along the boundary. He only gets one foot down on my of his catches around the white lines. College football does only require one foot inbounds, and he may just be cognoscente of that, but in the NFL, a pass catcher needs, as we all know, two feet inbounds.

PRESEASON SCOUTING REPORT

If Coleman plays to his potential this season, it is completely within the realm of possibility that he leapfrogs all other receivers in this class to be the first wideout taken in 2014. Now, Marquise Lee and Sammy Watkins will also have a say about that, but neither of them have the natural, uncoachable tools that Coleman does.

Coleman relies on his natural abilities a lot to make plays, and if he can max-out the skills he was blessed with, the NFL will be dealing with a problem for the next decade or so. His potential seems almost limitless.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: Stephen Hill

Although the book is still out about Hill, he and Coleman share many of the same qualities, including their natural size and length, but Coleman is already better player than Hill was coming out of Georgia Tech. Stephen Hill would be the floor for Coleman, however his ceiling is much closer to another Georgia Tech receiver that goes by the name of Megatron.

It will take a lot of work for Coleman to reach Calvin Johnson’s level, but he has every ingredient he needs to do so. It’s easy to see the why scouts would compare him to Johnson—size, speed, and strength—though he lack CJ’s elite quickness and strength. Room for growth.

Coleman will get his chance to prove his worth on Sundays. This is one writer who believes that he has more potential than any receiver in this draft.

Potential is a scary thing though. It means a player has not done what he is capable of. Saturdays this fall will be a weekly interview process for Coleman to show NFL evaluators, especially through bad quarterback play, that he is much more production that potential.

All film from youtube.com

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