Corey Coleman was selected with the 15th pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. After three seasons with the Baylor Bears, Coleman joins a franchise that is depleted of any star talent. Furthermore, the Browns haven’t tasted a winning season since 2007 and haven’t seen the post-season since 2002. Is Corey Coleman the player who is going to make them a perennial playoff contender? No, but he will elevate the offense that is starving for playmakers. Coleman was a dynamic player his three years in college. He experienced his best season as a junior, where he hauled in 74 passes, 1364 yards, and an FBS-leading 20 touchdowns. His elite playmaking ability highlights just one of the many reasons the Browns spent their first-round pick on him.
Coleman certainly doesn’t have the size to be your prototypical, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in blazing fast wheels and explosiveness off the line. Even at 5’11 and 194 pounds he has the makeup to play either on the outside or in the slot. At the next level, he will need to improve his route tree, which was highlighted in Matt Harmon’s breakdown of Coleman. Per Harmon, he ran four routes (slant, curl, screen, and nine route) 82.6% of the time in the six games he tracked him. He also illustrated his prowess against zone coverage as he had the fourth highest SRVC against that scheme.
As far as his rookie season is concerned, much of his early success will be dictated by the improvement of Robert Griffin III, who the team brought in over the offseason. Hue Jackson has raved about him all off-season and seems to be the early favorite at the starting position. If RG3 can recapture some form of his rookie self, then we should expect an immediate impact from the highly touted rookie.
Redraft – As things currently stand, he should be viewed as a legitimate WR4 or 5 with WR3 upside. The depth chart currently has Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins as the only potential roadblocks for Coleman, well, unless Josh Gordon gets reinstated in August (which seems unlikely) by Roger Goodell. Coleman should see upwards of 100+ targets in year one which should allow him to be a viable week-to-week option in redraft formats.
Draft Stock: 6th-8th round pick.
Dynasty – As mentioned above, Coleman is in a terrific spot to not just succeed from the start, but his long-term success is also extremely bright. In dynasty, he should come off the board as the 2nd or 3rd prospect in your rookie drafts. His long-term success can only improve as he becomes more acclimated with the nuances of running a more diverse route tree. The sky is the limit for the former Baylor Bear, and you shouldn’t hesitate to snag him with the 1.02 in your upcoming draft.
Draft Stock: Top 3 pick