Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver
School: Baylor | Conference: Big 12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 190 lbs (NFL.com measurements)
Projected Draft Status: First Round
NFL Comparison: John Brown, Emmanuel Sanders
Corey Coleman hails from Richardson, Texas and played his high school football at J.J. Pearce High School. Coleman was the 20th best player in Texas and 11th best athlete in the 2012 recruiting class according to the 247sports composite. He was Selected to play for 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Football Team in the February International Bowl, Named first-team 2011 All-Area by DMN SportsDay (as WR/RB/QB) as a senior in addition to earning 2011 first-team Class 4A All-State and District 10-4A MVP honors as wide receiver.
As an upperclassman for the J.J. Pearce Mustangs, He recorded 138 receptions, 1,935 yards and 22 touchdowns. As a running back, he recorded 993 yards on 181 carries and saw the endzone 28 times. He threw for 106 yards on 5-of-6 passing as senior in 2011and also made two interceptions at cornerback en route to 2010 All-District 10-4A honors.
As a four star athlete, he received several scholarships from several big named schools including: Baylor, California, Oklahoma, Texas and others. As a true freshman in 2012, he redshirted that season to retain eligibility. As a redshirt freshman the next year, he started 10 of 13 games at receiver and Baylor's leading kickoff returner. He returned his first career kickoff for 97-yard TD in final minute of win over Iowa State in the sixth game of the season and it ranked as seventh-longest in school history.
As a sophomore in 2014, he started six of the final 10 games. In addition to becoming a Big 12 champion, he was given an All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated, named consensus first team All-Big 12 by the AP, ESPN, Phil Steele, 247Sports, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald; second team by league, coaches and Athlon. He also named a semi-finalist for the 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, "Best Receiver" in Texas and first-team All-Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Here are his 2015 highlights, his best season as a Baylor Bear:
Some more stats to note about Coleman in 2015, he was targeted (thrown to) the most out of any other player (121 targets), had a catch rate of 61.2 percent and 11.3 yards per target.
- Coleman is a fast individual who can beat press coverage of the line of scrimmage due to to his first step.
- Can play slot receiver role and on the outside which NFL teams will love
- The first play I saw on film of him against Oklahoma State, he made a big play running a go route and beat his corner and the safety help. That big play ability will attract any NFL team
- He saw some time as a running back out of the shotgun formations in that game and he had some big runs. This makes me think, he can be used like Percy Harvin was. That would make him even more dangerous and force defenses to know where he is at all times on the field.
- Coleman is a deep ball threat on the outside and across the middle he has the ability to break the game wide open if given enough room to operate.
- His hands are good but he needs to work on catching the ball over the middle. He dropped the ball 10 times for a drop rate of 11.9 percent according to his NFL.com scouting report
What Twitter Says
Art Briles on Corey Coleman— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 11, 2016
"He's just a bad dude, man. That guy is tough now. He'll pull your heart out and watch it stop beating."#WR1
No WRs in this draft class averaged more yards per route run than Josh Doctson (4.07) and Corey Coleman (3.98) pic.twitter.com/26B5ga2Qtz— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 11, 2016
The more I study Baylor WR Corey Coleman the more I see Antonio Brown. Explosive twitch with similar play speed to Brown coming out of CMU.— Kevin Weidl (@KevinW_ESPN) February 9, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Coleman is projected to go in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated has him going in the second round to the NY Giants. It would be a miracle if the Redskins were able to get Corey Coleman but all the things I've read and seen over the past few weeks indicate that they are planning to be defensive oriented in this year's draft. With that said, Coleman isn't going to fall to the 21st pick for the Redskins. He'll go several picks before that. In a perfect world for the Redskins, Coleman and Jamison Crowder would be a one two punch. If healthy, they would be the leading receivers in years to come for the team.