Weight: 253 lbs.
Kendall Coleman is a ferocious rusher off the edge with a high motor and physicality. After averaging just under 30 tackles per year in his first three seasons, he exploded for 48 tackles in his senior season, though his four sacks paled in comparison to the 10 he racked up as a junior. He drives low with his legs as he overpowers weaker tackles to disrupt rushing plays and get after the passer, and that should translate nicely to the NFL.
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If he boasted an eye-popping physical profile, Coleman would likely be selected in the first day or two of the NFL Draft, but his average explosiveness, quickness, strength and length by NFL standards should make him a Day 3 selection. That’s not much of a knock, as Coleman should still carve out a role as a starter or high-level backup at the next level. He could improve his first step off the line and hand play as well.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins weren’t good this season on defense, but the defense did rank eighth in sack percentage in 2019. However, Washington could emulate the 49ers and add to their strength on the defensive line. San Francisco won the NFC Championship thanks to its game-wrecking pass rush that became the envy of the league. In new head coach Ron Rivera’s defense, Coleman would add depth with his relentless drive at the least, though he’s shown flashes of stardom at Syracuse.
Kendall Coleman projects as a solid edge rusher in the NFL after his consistent production at Syracuse, and Washington could add him in the later rounds for depth despite strength at the position.
Projected Round: 5th