As questions continue to build as to whether or not Tyrod Taylor is the “man” in Buffalo, continuing to provide him in 2016 with quality receivers at a cheap price-point will be paramount. Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman is a potential fit in the current offense and today we’ll discuss how he can compliment Sammy Watkins and the rest of the Buffalo Bills’ current receiving corps.
Previous Prospect Breakdowns
Corey Coleman Physical Traits/ Overview
Corey is 5’11 and 185 pounds and his game is speed. Unlike many speed merchants at receiver, Coleman is pretty thick at 185 and plays both outside and in the slot.
Corey is a redshirt junior that has already declared his intentions to enter the 2016 NFL draft. 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.
This year, Coleman started 12 of 13 games played and finished with 74 receptions for 1363 yards and 20 touchdowns, en route to becoming this year’s Biletnikoff Award winner. He missed the Baylor Bowl game with a sports hernia procedure.
Corey Coleman Route Running Ability
In part due to his speed and in part due to the Baylor system Coleman is a bit raw in route running. At Baylor, he was used on streaks, quick screens, posts, hitches and quick crossing routes. Despite that, Coleman is saavy at beating contact, even if the defender isn’t mugged up to him in press coverage:
And once Coleman has beaten a team deep enough, he can take advantage of the space afforded him underneath his defender as well:
Corey Coleman Hands
Coleman is pretty consistent with his hands but will have the occasional concentration drops. Given the tempo and number of passes he caught over his career at Baylor, there’s minimal fear that Coleman would become a liability in this area in the pros. Coleman is also a fiery competitor, that will not let a defender beat him to a ball, no matter where it is, as you see below:
Corey Coleman YAC/Run Blocking Skills
Corey is not a blocker, per-se. His speed typically forces defenders to play off, which allows a runner the space after they get past the line of scrimmage. I would not call him an “effort” blocker either. Coleman is more or less “on the field” when there is a run play (or a pass that isn’t going to him) which will need to be coached out of him at the professional level.
In terms of YAC, not only is Coleman a great deep threat, his ability to “juke and get gone” in the short passing game, run game and in special teams allows for a creative team to make the opponent pay for not respecting his speed.
Potential Fit with Buffalo Bills
Coleman would take the role that Marquise Goodwin and at times Percy Harvin did in the Roman offense, playing to run the safety off and allowing Sammy to deal with a one-on-one situation coverage wise. If they choose not to play a safety over top, Coleman’s speed and “my ball” mentality will lead to a lot more sideline throw touchdowns by Tyrod Taylor. Additionally, his ability to play in the backfield will allow a creative coordinator like Greg Roman to use him in a plethora of formations. While his blocking leaves a lot to be desired, his ability to force a deep safety’s hand, as well as usage as a kick or punt returner would allow for him to be a very versatile fit for the 2016 Bills.
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