Brandon Coleman – Wide Receiver – Rutgers
Size – 6060 – 225 – 4.56
Strong Points – Size, good athlete, speed for his size, makes some big plays
Weak Points – Production dropped off in 2013, has some drops, average run after catch, has some tightness in his hips
2014 Stats – 34 receptions – 358 yards – four touchdowns
Summation – Coleman is a big, athletic receiver who many thought after the 2012 season would be one of the elite receivers in the country. His play fell off in 2013, but in fairness, he was playing with a knee injury.
In 2012, he caught 43 passes for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns. His production in 2013 fell to 34 catches for 358 yards and four touchdowns.
He has good quickness off the line, and the strength to fight through a jam. For a big guy, he has good route quickness, especially if the route is of the one-cut variety. He has some tightness in his hips, which limits his ability to break down and get in and out of multiple cuts quickly.
He showed a larger receiving radius in 2012 than in 2013. Still, he can pluck the ball, but he will have some concentration drops. He is better coming back to the ball than he is with over-the-shoulder-type catches. He is best on outs, slants, and go-type routes. He can be inconsistent inside. After the catch, he is a strong runner but not elusive. Though his 40 time is average, he plays faster when he is in space. He is adequate as a blocker.
With his size, Coleman can create matchup problems. He has to become a more consistent player. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and basing my grade more off of 2012 tape when he was 100% healthy. If he reverts back to 2012 form, he has a chance to become an eventual starter after a period of development. He is going to be a hit or miss.
Grade B 6.5