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Scouting the NFL Draft: WR Corey Coleman

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    Corey Coleman of the Baylor Bears returns a kick during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the UCF Knights Jan. 1, 2014. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
    Ht. 5'10 ½", Wt. 194, Arm: 30 ¼", Hand: 9", Bench: 17
    40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: 40.5", Broad: 10'9"
    Games Watched: Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma St.

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    After a standout career at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, four-star recruit Corey Coleman enrolled as a wide receiver at Baylor. He was eased into action as a redshirt freshman season in 2013, catching 35 passes for more than 500 yards and returning 17 kick-offs. Then he took a step forward, topping 1,000 receiving yards and 11 TDs in 2014.

    2015 was Coleman's year, as he led the Big 12 in receiving yards (1,363) and the nation in TDs (20). For his efforts, he was voted a unanimous All-America selection, a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards and the winner of the Biletnikoff Award. He left Baylor with five school records, including TDs in a season and career (33).

    Strengths

    • Feet - Might be quickest in draft
    • Long Speed - NFL-caliber burner
    • Burst - Eats up cushion
    • Run After Catch - Electric with ball
    • Physical - Tough, strong
    • Cuts - Sharp, will be able to separate
    • Attitude - Feisty, competitive 

    Weaknesses

    • Height - Shorter than ideal
    • Hands - Inconsistent, body catcher
    • Catch Point - Doesn't win enough jump balls
    • Press - Struggled against more physical corners
    • Route Tree - Limited, needs time to develop

    Verdict: First-Round Pick

    Coleman was one of the most productive wide receivers in college football last season while suffering from mediocre QB play — to put it mildly — for much of the year. The Baylor coaches found ways to get him the ball, because he plays at a different speed from most college players. He'll have some drops, but projects to the NFL as a lightning-quick, undersized, physical wide receiver.

    Coleman might not be the prospect Laquon Treadwell is, but — as a former CB — he is the wide receiver in this draft I'd least want to cover. Adding his skillset to the Cowboys receiving corps would be a nightmare for opposing secondaries. The fourth overall pick is too rich for what would essentially be a luxury pick for the Cowboys, they might be tempted to pull the trigger if they move somewhere into the teens.