The NFL Draft will begin on April 25, 2024. We take a look at Keon Coleman, the jump ball expert out of Florida State University.
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Coleman was a four-star wide receiver coming out of Opelousas Catholic School in Louisiana. He was the 13th-ranked player in the state’s 2021 class, according to 247 Sports, and originally committed to Michigan State as a two-sport athlete, playing football and basketball. Coleman completed two seasons for the Spartans before transferring to ACC powerhouse Florida State.
At Florida State, Coleman jumped onto the draft radar early, posting nine catches, 122 yards, and three touchdowns in the season opener vs LSU. He would go on to finish the season with 50 catches, 658 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
Name: Keon Coleman
Jersey: No. 4
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Florida State University
Weight: 215 lbs.
Keon Coleman’s Strengths
Coleman is one of the most physically imposing players in the draft class this year. He goes into each game not looking to finesse cornerbacks but rather beat them up and out-jump them. Typically, that style of play only works if you have the ball skills to back it up. Coleman does. He does the majority of his damage deep and in the red zone, especially in contested catch situations.
He has confident, sure hands and makes the appropriate catches depending on ball location. He’s also a very willing blocker, which will lead coaches to enjoy having him on the field for every down. General managers will love his size and hands.
Keon Coleman’s Weaknesses
Coleman has several weaknesses. First and foremost, he finds himself in a large number of contested catch situations due to his inability to separate. His route running also isn’t there in his game, and NFL corners will be sitting on a lot of his routes. Body control was also an issue on film. Even if he isn’t winning routes, he lumbers around and finds himself on the ground more than you’d like to see.
Pro Comparison: Michael Pittman Jr.
While Coleman isn’t as explosive as Pittman, their body type, catch radius, and leaping ability mirror each other. With time and experience in the NFL, Coleman can improve his route running to be almost exactly like what Pittman is in the NFL today.
Draft Projection: Late First or Early Second Round
As most have heard, this is a very stacked draft class. A good number of receivers will go in the top 10, and there will be another run of these receivers in the late 20s of the first round. Coleman is the biggest receiver in this range of players, and many teams would love to select someone who can develop into their X receiver for the next 10 years.
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