Big plays and big problems; which do you pay attention to more?
Corey Coleman, Baylor's star wide receiver, was a national sensation in college. Heading into the draft, the New York Giants have a star of their own, Odell Beckham Jr., but he needs a guy across from him to take the heat. With NASCAR speed and a high-energy playing style, could Coleman be worth the 10th pick in the NFL Draft?
Weight: 194 pounds
Arm Length: 30 1/4"
Hand Size: 9 inches
40 Time: 4.37 seconds
Vertical Jump: 40.5 inches
Broad Jump: 129 inches
- Speed is visible on more than just the deep throws.
- Initial burst off the line is unparalleled.
- Resembles LeSean McCoy in his prime with the ability to stop-start on a dime.
- Can make defenders miss.
- High-points the ball (Beckham's favorite thing).
- Strong technique for breaking/avoiding tackles.
- One of the worst receivers for drops.
- Doesn't block. At all.
- Doesn't finish plays. Quits if the ball is thrown to a teammate or if the QB is in trouble.
- Very little experience in intermediate routes. Will need a lot of coaching here.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 26th
Mocking The Draft - 28th
CBS - 23rd
Draft Tek - 31st
Does He Fit With the Giants?
Absolutely. However, the team would be taking a huge risk. They're effectively trying to replace Rueben Randle with someone better. Randle wasn't re-signed and many point to his inconsistency as the key reason, and if that's the case, then Coleman isn't the answer. Coleman's high points may be higher than Randle's, but his lows are also lower. Drops, quitting on plays, half-effort; these were all the major knocks on Randle, and Coleman mirrors them all.
There's also the issue of intermediate routes. Ben McAdoo's scheme is full of them. Coleman can't simply be an outside-the-numbers burner in the NFL, at least not if you're spending a first rounder on him, so he would need a lot of coaching to not only learn the subtleties but the fundamentals of these routes, such was the one-dimensional game-plan of the Baylor offense in recent years.
However, you could see him benefiting from being around a guy like Beckham, both on and off the field. Beckham's work ethic is second to none, and a young guy coming up through the college ranks right now has to look at Beckham as the model for their potential career. If Beckham's presence and talent could influence his behavior, and how the opposing defense guards him, Coleman could become one of the top receivers in the game very quickly.
The problem here is where Coleman may fall. There is no such thing as "reaching" on a player. Media grades are constructs to help predict the draft, and when someone says a team "reached" for a guy, that's an analyst or journalist trying to deflect blame away from their own projections. So, if the Giants were to take him with the 10th overall pick, what would you say?
Personally, I don't think he would be the right choice. He's a fine player, who could be a strong No.1 receiver for a dozen teams in the league, but the issues with his game are the exact problems the offense was trying to iron out all of last year. I could very much see Coleman being the first receiver drafted, but I can't see it being the Giants who make that happen.