Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
5’10 190 lbs.
Coleman is a diminutive, explosive playmaker with solid route running and at-times spectacular hands.
His blocking and outside receiving ability are both limited by his size, however he is still winning to go up for jump balls and inside on both runs and crossing routes.
He’s also a strong runner out of the backfield, lining up as a running back, rushing off tackle and counters; true running back plays.
His greatest asset, however, is his deep-ball tracking ability. He can run right by defenders and under deep throws with little apparent effort.
He must learn how to use his athleticism more on tight coverage and be able to use the elusiveness he showed against West Virginia to realize his full potential.
Hands: 18 out of 20
He’s a gifted hands catcher who rarely has focus drops and often comes up with effortless catches downfield. His main problem is when he has to reach for balls outside his catch radius.
Route Running: 16 out of 20
Most of his routes are crisp, but he doesn’t run a full route tree due to the Baylor offense limiting his opportunities.
Blocking: 11 out of 15
His size limits his effectiveness, he also lacks consistent effort when the play is away from him, even walking and stopping entirely while a play is still going.
Athleticism: 13 out of 15
His speed and agility are off the charts. His jumping ability looks solid, not spectacular.
Run after catch: 15 out of 15
He can take short passes to the house and almost always finds positive yards after the catch. His play against West Virginia in this regard was transcendent
Size: 3 out of 10
Not only is he small and short, it limits his effectiveness noticeably. It clearly keeps him from being in the conversation for best prospect in this draft.
Body Control: 5 out of 5
His ability to dip in and out of cuts and maintain balance is eye-opening, to say the least.
Total Prospect Rating: 81/100
NFL Comparison: Golden Tate, WR, Lions
With the hands, route running and quickness to dominate from the slot, Coleman compares favorably to Tate who has made a living in the NFL burning defenses both deep and after the catch on underneath routes. Both have also proven to be effective runners out of the backfield, though Coleman is probably already more gifted in this aspect.