Scouting the Draft: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

SCORING A TOUCHDOWN OVER JEREMY REEVES - Jeff Zelevansky

Let's take a look at the Scarlet Knight.

Introduction

Brandon Coleman is a fascinating prospect, because he’s a big-bodied receiver with exceptional physical gifts that should be available on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft, if only because of how deep the wide receiver class is this year. Despite his physical prowess, he is still raw in certain aspects and should not be expected to be a big time contributor in year one.

Measurables

  • Height: 6’6"
  • Weight: 225lbs.
  • Arm Length: 34"
  • Hand Size: 9 1/4"
  • 40-yd Dash: 4.56 seconds
  • Bench Press: 21 repetitions
  • Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.33 seconds
  • 20-yd Shuttle: 4.51 seconds

Statistics

Receiving
Year REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2013 34 538 15.8 56 4
2012 43 718 16.7 85 10
2011 17 552 32.5 92 6

Positives

  • Tracks the ball well
  • Natural hands catcher
  • Excellent catching radius
  • Gets in and out of his breaks well, creates separation
  • Good route runner
  • Physical receiver off the line of scrimmage

Negatives

  • Doesn’t attack the ball with his height
  • Raw in most aspects, seems to rely on athleticism rather than technique
  • Not much of a blocker, although this may have been due to scheme

Conclusion

I would compare Coleman to a raw Vincent Jackson. He has all of the same physical gifts that Jackson has, but his technique isn’t as well developed. There’s a lot to like with Coleman, and he has the potential to develop into a good deep threat with proper coaching.

Would I Draft Him?

The decision to draft Coleman depends on how you view Stephen Hill. They have similar upside and are both similarly raw and need development. If you think Hill is a bust, it may be worth drafting Coleman in the fourth or fifth round. It’s important, though, that you be willing to give him some time to develop; he won’t be ready to go off the bat. Personally, I’m not willing to give up on Hill yet, who is in year three of what the team expected to be a four year development process, so I would probably avoid drafting Coleman unless the value became so great that you couldn’t pass him up, such as the sixth round. Considering how deep this draft is for wide receivers, that isn't outside the range of possibility.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker