Corey Coleman was described as a “vicious” athlete by head coach Art Briles. With his speed, agility, vision and strength Corey is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
- Speed. Has elite speed with the ability to take the top off the defense and create own separation.
- Athlete who has ability to climb the ladder and high point the ball.
- Big play potential. Averaged 18.4 yards per catch with 20 receiving touchdowns.
- Difficult to bring down. Has great vision, is elusive and a strong runner.
- Works back to the ball and adjusts to errant throws.
- Has experience as punt returner and running back.
- Quick feet that allows for easier release despite his lack of size.
- Smaller frame who works best outside, but stature may force transition to slot or inside.
- Not a polished route runner.
- Not asked to block.
- Dropped 10 passes in 2015 and tends to catch with his body.
Corey Coleman was the 2015 winner of the Bilentnikoff Award as the nations top receiver along with an unanimous All-American first team and second team All Big-12 honors. With 74 receptions totaling 1,363 receiving yards and the most receiving touchdowns in the country (20) he was a big play waiting to happen in Baylor’s pass happy offense. With his elite speed, gaining separation should be no trouble for the 5’10 190 LB Junior. His speed is only half the story however, as he is just as dangerous after the catch with his elusiveness, vision and surprising strength, he demands to be gang tackled. Corey also shows the ability to return punts, which might be his most immediate impact in the NFL.
Despite his impressive numbers, there are parts of his game that are cause for concern. Corey lacks ideal size and had sports hernia surgery which forced him to miss the Russell Athletic Bowl. At Baylor, he ran what can be described as a limited route tree at best. He does however have smooth hips in and out of his breaks which should ease his transition. Most concerning might be the dropped passes as he tends to lose focus, particularly in the middle of the field or while defenders are surrounding him.
Projection: Round 1-2
Comparison: Brandin Cooks