Wide Receiver #3
Senior 6’1″ 190
- Fights for the ball
- Good in the open field
- Good hands
- Reliable receiver
- Has some shiftiness to him
- Not a crisp route runner
- Health is an issue
- Special teams contributor
Stacy Coley received scholarship offers from every prominent football school in Florida. Florida State, South Florida, and Florida all wanted him to bring his talents to their respective programs but the Miami native decided to stay in his home town and become a Hurricane. He saw the field quite a bit his freshman season and totaled 33 receptions for 591 yards. He found the end zone 10 times. Once as a punt returner, once as a kick returner and also scored on a running play while catching seven through the air. His sophomore campaign was a disappointment as he only managed 184 yards on 23 receptions. He failed to score all year despite the fact he was Miami’s punt and kick returner. His return duties were assigned to someone else his junior year and he had a bounce back year tallying 47 receptions for 689 yards and four touchdowns.
Coley returned for his senior year and it paid off. He was the team’s leader in receptions and second on the team in receiving yards. He caught the ball 63 times for 784 yards, both career bests, while finding the end zone nine times which is the most receiving touchdowns he had in his career. Coley has speed to burn and it shows on film. He was one of Brad Kaaya’s favorite targets and a reliable one at that. He has really good hands and rarely lets the football reach his chest. He will go up and fight for the ball and usually comes down with it.
He can be shifty but his speed is his most attractive asset. He is a threat every time the ball is in his hands as he is very tough to bring down once he is in the open field. His route running is not very crisp and he tends to round off cuts and relies too much on his speed to separate himself from defensive backs. His official weight varies as it varies from 180 to 195 so I will be eager to see what he weighs in at if he gets an invite to the combine. His size can be the biggest factor in his draft stock.
Another issue with Coley that NFL teams will be hesitant of is his health. He has a history of hamstring problems and for a player who relies so heavily on speed this could be very damaging to his draft stock. Having said that Coley is undoubtedly a play maker and with coaching he can improve his route running. Even though his last two years at Miami were served primarily as a wide receiver, he has shown he can be a threat as a return man and NFL teams value that in players. He can be effective as a blocker too as he has shown abilities to engage defensive backs and sustain blocks long enough for runners to gain decent yardage.
NFL Comparison: Ted Ginn Jr./Steve Smith Sr.
Coley’s game reminds me of Ted Ginn Jr. as they both can blow the top off of a defense at any given moment and also can do damage in the return game. Coley also reminds me of recently retired Steve Smith Sr. because of their edge. Coley does not mind getting his nose dirty and will mix it up, at times to a fault. He is an emotional player which can be good if kept in check which Coley finds it hard to do sometimes. There is definitely a fire to this kid so watch out for him at the next level.
Round Value: 3-5