DT DEANDRE COLEMAN, CALIFORNIA

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6’5” – 315 lbs. – 5.20e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 18 – 3.0 – 0.0, 1 PD
2011: 18 – 5.0 – 1.0
2012: 44 – 7.5 – 2.5, 2 QBH, 1 PD
2013: 39 – 8.5 – 2.0, 2 QBH, 1 PD

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then appeared in all twelve games the following season, albeit as a reserve. Played in all thirteen games as a redshirt sophomore in 2011, making two starts over the final three games of the season. Assume a full-time starting role in 2012, starting eleven of California’s twelve games while appearing in the other. Started all twelve games as a senior.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate with two years of starting experience, with forty-nine career appearances.
•    Possesses an outstanding combination of size and bulk for a defensive line prospect.
•    Overall build makes him a possible nose tackle in an even front or end in an odd one.
•    Played five-technique during the Jeff Tedford era, then nose tackle for Sonny Dykes.
•    Powerful player; is capable of using his bull rush to re-establish the line of scrimmage.
•    Anchors well, doesn’t get blown off the ball even when he draws double-team blocks.
•    Reasonably quick to react to the ball being snapped, usually in line with teammates.

NEGATIVES:

•    Didn’t end up taking the next step as a senior, made the same mistakes as last year.
•    Struggles to locate the ball, preventing him from getting into position to make plays.
•    Not a penetrator, restricting value to teams which use two-gap defensive line principles.
•    Doesn’t employ many different moves in order to shed opposing blocks, gets tied up.
•    Not someone with the range to pursue screens to the sidelines, confined to short areas.
•    Looks like he’s playing on skates at times, needs to play with more consistent balance.

SUMMARY:

Coleman was hailed as a potential early-round draft pick following his junior campaign, but didn’t end up taking the next step as a senior, with his athletic limitations being further exposed by poor instincts and a limited collection of rush maneuvers. At this point, his size and strength are his only impressive qualities, the utility of both being limited by his inability to locate the ball, resulting in him removing himself from plays with far too much regularity. Two-gap defenses may give him some consideration as a late-round prospect or undrafted free agent, but Coleman is so raw mentally that it would come as quite a surprise if he were able to make any sort of contributions in the foreseeable future. Ceiling is probably as a reserve/rotational lineman.

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