Cleveland Browns draft profile: Corey Coleman
The first thing that stands out about Corey Coleman is his elite speed. He was a track runner in high school and transferred that speed to Baylor with great success, like many before him. He ran a 4.37s 40 at the Baylor Pro Day whilst not 100 percent, and has a personal best of 10.86 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Coleman’s speed is put to immediate effect on the football field as he explodes off the snap and will punish defenders if they fail to get a hand on him. Facing off coverage he quickly eats up the ground between himself and the defensive back and gains position. He will need to get used to running every route at full speed, however, as Baylor coaches an unusual method of having its wide receivers pull up on routes when they are not involved in the play.
Coleman is one of the most athletic and explosive players in the 2016 NFL Draft. Had he been healthy to fully take part in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine he would have put on a show. His combination of speed, balance and short-area quickness combine to make him extremely difficult to stop in the open field.
With the ball in his hands Coleman is an incredible offensive threat. He has the ability to stop and start on a dime and was an extremely difficult player for college defensive backs to stay with. Baylor looked to get the ball in his hands in the open field as much as possible, throwing the ball to him on underneath routes and screens, and occasionally lining him up at running back.
Although he only ran a limited route tree at Baylor, Coleman can be a precise route runner. He has shown on comeback routes and slants his ability to make sharp cuts to create separation. In addition, he maintains a good cushion to the sideline on deep routes, giving the quarterback a large zone to aim for. He will be able to succeed in the NFL with the routes that he has run in college, but he also has the potential to excel at running a full route tree.