December 10, 2015 - Greg Gabriel
Breaking Down DT Vernon Butler and WR Corey Coleman
Vernon Butler – DT – Louisiana Tech Vernon is a fourth-year senior and a two-year starter. Depending on the defensive alignment he can line up almost anywhere along the line of scrimmage. Has been very productive the last two years. In 2014 he finished with 56 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks. In 2015 he has 48 total tackles with 10.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He will play in the Senior Bowl. Size – 6'3" – 310 – 5.12 (all estimates) Strong Points – Has adequate overall size with good quickness and overall athleticism. He has good snap reaction with good initial quickness. Stays low and is able to get penetration and be disruptive versus the run game. Has good balance stays on his feet and makes plays. Good read and react skills. Will chase in pursuit. Adequate pass rusher (more of a bull rusher) who can push the pocket. Consistent tackler. Good competitor and plays an aggressive game. Has long arms. Weak Points – Lacks ideal height for some schemes, needs to tighten up his body and get a little stronger in his upper body. Lacks a variety of moves as a pass rusher. Overall hand use in pass rush game. Summation – Vernon is a consistent player with a good motor. Has the required initial quickness and shows some explosiveness coming out of his stance. Is best as a run defender, but flashed as a pass rusher. Needs to develop his hand use and moves to become better as a pass rusher. The traits are there, it is more a matter of coaching and development. Best football should be in front of him. Should be scheme versatile and be able to play in a 3-4 or 4-3. Not a premium round guy at this point but he has the traits to be an eventual starter in the league. There is a lot to like about this player. Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor Corey is fourth-year junior who redshirted as a true freshman in 2012. He started 10 of 13 games played in 2013 and finished with 35 receptions for 535 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2014 he started 6 of 10 games played and finished with 64 receptions for 1119 yards and 11 touchdowns. Was a starter this year and finished the regular season with 67 receptions for 1314 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has also been a valuable kickoff return man during his career with a 26 yard average per return. Size – 5'11" – 195 – 4.38 (all estimates) Strong Points – Rare athlete with explosive speed and jumping ability. Makes things look easy with his athleticism. Has a rare burst and gets to full speed very quickly. Easily gets separation. Has good hands, can snatch the ball and make the difficult catch. Great run after catch skills with very good run instincts. Can be a clubs top kickoff return man. Weak Points – Playing in the Baylor offense he has a very minimal route tree and is an undisciplined route runner. When he is not the first or second receiver he often gives little effort. Not a blocker. You seldom get to see him compete for the ball in traffic so it is a difficult trait to grade. Summation – Corey is going to have to learn what it takes to be an NFL receiver but he has the natural traits to be an instant game breaker. Is very raw as far as route running skills and blocking but with his natural skills he has rare upside. Has as much natural talent as any receiver in any draft, just raw. If his testing numbers form Baylor are accurate, he will have an off the charts Combine.