Oh, for a 6-6 receiver this weekend.
The Seahawks #1 need right now is a big target for Russell Wilson.
Consistency, speed, competitiveness. He’s throwing to a solid group.
But he hasn’t got someone who can be a mismatch in the redzone and generally dominate with height and speed. A possession receiver-plus, so to speak.
I am convinced Brandon Coleman is a great option for the Seahawks with their first round pick this year.
Sometimes we have to look beyond the numbers or even the tape. What is a player capable of? What can he become?
Rutgers have barely had a functioning passing game for two years. Mediocre would be a compliment.
If Coleman played for Florida State I truly believe he’d be seen in a totally different light. Give him a Heisman winner at quarterback and a power house unbeaten supporting cast and he’d be flying.
I don’t think we realise how difficult it is to make technical improvements at receiver when the guy throwing you the ball just isn’t good enough.
He has to take some of the blame too, I appreciate that. Does he do a good enough job high pointing the football? No. Although in fairness a lot of the throws he gets aren’t catchable anyway.
It’s not like there’s tape of 10-15 throws you can say — he should’ve high pointed that. It’s more like 3-4 because they just don’t attempt all that many deep shots.
If he can learn this skill, the sky really is the limit for Coleman.
He has a size/speed combo that reminds me a ton of Josh Gordon. I’ve used that comparison before. Just look at Gordon after a year learning the ropes. He was the most productive wide out in the NFL playing in Cleveland. Cleveland.
It was reassuring to see Dan Pompei report last week that an unnamed National Scout viewed Coleman as a late first rounder.
That’s exactly how I see it.
Physically he’s a top ten pick. Yet because of the offensive struggles at Rutgers and the lack of development, he’s more of a late first rounder.
In that range you can’t expect to draft the complete package. If you want a great player, you have to take a shot.
Whoever you take in the late first is going to be somewhat flawed. And that’s why guys like Coleman and Kelvin Benjamin will go in the 20′s or 30′s and why Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins are top-15 locks.
The game against Notre Dame at the top of this page is a fantastic review of the situation.
Rutgers started the game by throwing away from Coleman — their best offensive weapon. Work that one out.
The below average Gary Nova had been replaced under center by the possibly even worse Chas Dodd (who completed 10/28 throwing and had three picks).
You have to wait six snaps into the video before Coleman gets his first target — a 51-yard downfield bomb. He’s beats the cornerback down the sideline with pure speed, creates separation and hauls in the catch.
That’s what I’m talking about. There aren’t many 6-6 receivers who can do that.
On his next snap he runs a perfect route to the corner of the end zone, beating a pair of defensive backs, and scoring the touchdown. The ball is thrown behind Coleman, but he adjusts to make the grab.
That’s the potential I’m talking about. That’s the positive side of his game. A reason to believe in him, even as a first round pick. You know he can do it.
And yet people turn off. Why? After those two catches, he didn’t register on the stat sheet again.
Draftnik types generally want to buy into production when it comes to receivers. They’ll overrate players with major stats. They’ll look beyond players who don’t have the right numbers.
The thing is, I come back to the offense and the quarterback situation again.
Look at the play at 1:58. Coleman isn’t even into his route before Dodd — without pressure — throws it his way. He’s not ready for that football, he’s still running the damn route. The quarterback deserves that pick. That throw was never on.
At 2:29 Coleman should’ve had another touchdown — but it’s yet another terrible throw. He beats the corner and has position. The ball is thrown just as Coleman reaches the end zone so if you throw that out in front of him it’s an easy six.
Dodd throws it behind the receiver, almost like a back shoulder throw, and nearly gets picked again.
That is insanely poor quarterback play.
At 3:21 they try a gimmick play and let the running back throw it. Can he do any worse? Yes, yes he can. He throws it behind Coleman (again) and it’s picked off. Just awful.
At 3:31 we see the big area for improvement. That’s a pass Coleman can high point and do a better job challenging for. It’s at a good height, and if he leaps up and reaches out he can make a difficult play. He doesn’t and it’s incomplete instead.
At 3:45 he beats the corner and is pulled back in a blatant pass interference call. Better to give up yards than a touchdown, but it’s another example of a 6-6 man looking more agile and athletic than a Notre Dame corner half his size.
It’s this kind of play that makes me say — OK — we need to work on the high pointing. He can do better there. But my god I have to get the chance to work with a player who has this size, movement, control and flat out deep speed.
Put his ability to get open in this video alongside the highlight reel plays we’ve seen him make — running away from defensive backs for 80-yard scores and looking potentially like one of the best playmakers to enter the NFL in recent memory.
There’s no doubt in my mind that he can be big time with a good quarterback and offense.
And I implore you to see past the lack of stats and buy into the upside. Because this guy has it in spades.