Corey Coleman   WR   Baylor

Corey has the speed and solid hands to be the deep threat for your team’s passing game. He shows excellent strength and “after the catch” skills to help move the chains when needed. He shows a good stiff arm to keep tacklers away from his legs and he has those long arms and a good vertical leap to catch the ball in the red zone and score touchdowns. He creates very good separation against single coverage because of his quick feet and lateral explosion. Corey is smart, is able to identify zone coverage as well as when to sit down, cut off a route and make himself a target for his quarterback. Corey will fight for extra yardage with quick feet and a strong upper body. He still has a lot to learn, but physically, he has all the tools to be an impact receiver for the team that selects him.

Corey mentally struggles going over the middle to catch the ball. He fights it, but he will drop balls when he is asked to run routes that put him against zones coverage and he feels safeties are behind him. He has stiff hands when he catches the ball, which means drops are likely to occur at the most inopportune times of a game in the NFL. He also has a habit of setting up his defender by taking downs off or just not running routes so that his quickness and speed comes as a surprise when he does run routes and is the hot receiver. That won’t be able to happen at the next level. He has to run his routes or block or do what is asked of him on every play; he can’t afford to be a spectator. He doesn’t like to block very much and the few times he does give an effort, he engages then stops moving his feet, which is a half-hearted effort that will lead to holding calls at the next level. Corey must learn to play hard on every down even if he is not the hot receiver; also, he must learn the whole route tree.

There is no doubt of Corey’s talent and ability to go deep and catch the ball and be an impact player, but he is not close to understanding mentally what it is to be a franchise player. Right now, Corey is a complimentary receiver with impact talent. He has to learn the whole route tree, be a strong blocker and, in general, be a better teammate and leader. He shows me by the way he plays that all he is interested in is whether or not Corey wins --not if the team wins. With the speed, strength and lateral explosion this kid has, teams should struggle to defend him on every route and not just some routes. Until that happens, Corey is just a receiver who, if you take away his favorite routes, is not much of a threat to impact. I like his talent and selecting him in the first round makes sense because of that talent. He has a lot of work to do before he can impact for more than four or five games consistently. There is a saying in the draft world: you can’t teach speed. Of course, my answer to this is, “You’re right, you can’t teach speed; however, you do have to show them when and how to use it.” Corey has all the physical tools to be a franchise player and hopefully will develop the mental tools and become just that. If not, you still selected an impact player. Just remember, there is a difference.

Drew Boylhart  FEB.2016