WR #1 Corey Coleman, Baylor*

5’11” – 190 lbs. – 4.35e

Redshirted as a freshman, then started ten of thirteen games the following year while also working as the team’s primary kick returner. Started six of ten games as a redshirt sophomore, then became one of the most productive receivers in college football as a fourth-year junior. Shorter receiver with a muscular, compact build. Usually lines up on the outside, but will move inside as well, often functioning as a deep threat. Often given a big cushion, but exhibits the ability to release with his hands versus press coverage at the goal line. Has excellent acceleration and top-end speed to challenge defenses downfield, creating more opportunities for players at the short-to-intermediate level. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and has pretty good hands given his size; does let some passes into his chest, though. Aside from deep patterns, usually runs short curls or slants; not a nuanced route-runner, probably owing to the simplified offense he plays in. Tough and will work the middle of the field. Physical receiver when running routes; needs to be careful in order to avoid offensive pass-interference penalties at the pro level, as he often pushes off against opponents at the route stem to create separation. Competes hard when he has the opportunity to make a catch, working better when contested than many wide receivers of a similar stature. Able to compensate for his lack of height with excellent leaping ability; reportedly has a vertical jump of over forty-five inches. Looks pretty good with the ball in his hands; doesn’t gain a ton of yards after the catch, but is very agile, not afraid of contact, and incorporates a stiff-arm into his repertoire. However, doesn’t put in any effort on plays in which he’s not the primary target, although that’s supposedly by design; can often be seen standing around a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage, watching the play happen without making even the most cursory effort at running a route. Blocking ability is nonexistent; rarely even attempts to engage a defender. Playing with the Bears was something of a double-edged sword for Coleman, who was working in an offense which emphasized natural athleticism and fed him the ball, but which hasn’t really prepared him for the pro game; frequently worked on the outside, ran a very simple route tree, and wasn’t asked to block. However, should be regarded as a potential first-round pick because of his blinding speed and outstanding overall athleticism. Very similar to fellow Baylor product Kendall Wright, a similarly-statured burner who went in the first round and now works inside.

Games watched: Kansas (’15), Texas Tech (’15), West Virginia (’15)

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