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Tevin Coleman | Running Back

Team: Indiana Hoosiers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/16/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210

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Falcons selected Indiana RB Tevin Coleman with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Coleman (5'11/206) was an absurdly productive college runner, parlaying 452 career carries into 3,219 yards (7.12 YPC) and 28 TDs. He caught 54 passes in three seasons at IU. Coleman underwent post-season surgery on his right big toe and didn't work out until an April 15 Pro Day, where Coleman ran 4.39. On tape, Coleman exhibits stiff hips and can't beat contact, but his home-run ability is indisputable and rare. And Coleman can pass protect, which will get him on the field early. A boom-or-bust runner, Coleman has similarities to Chris Johnson in his prime, but also to Felix Jones as a one-trick-pony winner of open-field college sprints. Despite his limitations, Coleman will make for a high-ceiling fantasy prospect in Atlanta with run-game guru Kyle Shanahan. Coleman is a superior runner and all-around player to Devonta Freeman. Fri, May 1, 2015 10:10:00 PM

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NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport notes that he "would not be surprised" if Indiana RB Tevin Coleman "is the first RB off the board tonight."

The Indiana prospect was ranked as the third RB on some evaluators rankings. Coleman was super productive for the Hoosiers last season, rushing for 2,036 yards, while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Coleman had official visits with the following RB-Needy teams: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.
Fri, May 1, 2015 02:59:00 PM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's "blazing open-field speed allowed him to punish Big Ten defenders," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Coleman posted 2,036 yards rushing on 7.5 yards per carry last season. "In the NFL, running backs are either creators or tackle breakers, and according to STATS data Coleman was neither," Zierlein wrote. "Coleman broke a tackle or made someone miss on just 12.2 percent of his carries. Melvin Gordon, Jay Ajayi and Todd Gurley all finished at just over 21 percent, while Duke Johnson clocked in at 19 percent. If Coleman gets in the right scheme, he has a chance to become an electric ball carrier with home-run potential on any given carry. However, if he doesn't show more wiggle or physicality through contact, scheme won't matter." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Coleman to DeMarco Murray, while others have likened the Hoosier to Jamaal Charles or Chris Johnson.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 12:28:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that when Indiana RB Tevin Coleman "gets a crease, it's over."

"He's a little like Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson in terms of his ability to accelerate quickly through the hole and break off a big gain," McShay wrote. The analyst told of his experience watching tape of Ohio State's Mike Bennett or Iowa's Carl Davis and seeing Coleman constantly ripping off long touchdown runs. Indeed, Coleman led the country in 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-yard runs and tied for the lead in 70-, 80- and 90-yard runs. "I don't think Coleman is a complete back, as he doesn't have ideal power and balance and he's a little bit high-cut, but he's an elite breakaway threat that a team would do well to draft later on Day 2," McShay wrote.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 09:03:00 PM

Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins attended Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's personal Pro Day on April 15.

As if the Coleman-to-Detroit narrative needed more dots to connect. NFL teams don't send position coaches to workouts not featuring players under serious consideration. We didn't need Modkins' attendance in Indiana to confirm Detroit's attraction to Coleman, but it certainly solidifies that idea. Coleman is a tremendous fit and would add home run speed to the NFL's slowest backfield. Beat writer Dave Birkett adds that HC Jim Caldwell popped Donald Brown in the first round during his first year as the Colts' head coach. We think Detroit would be making a mistake by taking Coleman at No. 23 overall, but it's not out of the question.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman is "not going to be a power back, and his long-term durability is a concern, but there's no question he's a home run hitter," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst passes along that some are comparing Coleman to Chris Johnson because of his skill set and body type. "He ran in the 4.3s at his pro day in the 40-yard dash, and that translates to the field," McShay wrote. "His lateral agility isn't great, and neither is his power, but he's a great fit for a zone-blocking scheme that will take advantage of his above-average vision and patience and allows him to make one cut and explode up the field once a crease opens up." Coleman could be an attractive Round 2 option.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 10:27:00 PM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's forty times at his personal pro day ranged from the high 4.3's to the low 4.4s and he could go "much earlier than most expect," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Some teams grade Coleman almost the equal to another Big Ten running back in the 2015 NFL Draft, Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, and the opinion of many scouts is Coleman ranks as one of the top three backs in the draft," Pauline wrote. "There's also a belief the junior is not a very motivated player, which upon further investigation is wrong. Coleman has a quiet personality and, at times, has to have the conversation drawn from him." Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson is telling teams that Coleman works on the little things like film study and his introverted personality should not be mistaken for a lack of work ethic. Reps from 22 teams -- including RB coaches of the Jags, Cards, Cowboys and Colts -- were at Coleman's workout, with the Chargers intriguingly sending all of their offensive coaches. Coleman dined with the Texans Tuesday and is meeting with the Lions, Titans and Patriots Wednesday.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 06:35:00 PM's Frank Cooney cautions that Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's "running style is not smooth and he bloated his stats against weaker teams."

"Except for lacking impressive power and a problem with fumbling, Coleman is exceptional at all tasks required of a running back," Cooney wrote. Colleague Dane Brugler compares Coleman to DeMarco Murray. Coleman is coming off a nagging toe injury, of which he said: "He took a sesamoid bone out and attached a tendon to the other bone. It happened in the fifth game of the season. I played through it, had surgery after the season. It was definitely painful."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 04:23:00 PM

The Cowboys confirmed Todd Gurley, Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman, Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon III will visit the team.

The five will count against the Cowboys top 30 visits. It seems obvious the team will invest in a running back early in the draft, and almost certainly in the top three rounds. Expect to see each mocked with Dallas at some point in the next month. Gurley is a complete back, but the rest certainly have areas where they win.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman will visit the Chargers, according to Aaron Wilson.

Previous visits with the Panthers, Lions, Ravens and Cardinals have been reported. Many evaluators list Coleman near the top of their running backs lists, but we disagree. Coleman is absolutely explosive in a straight-line to burn defenses, but he goes down on contact far too often. He might fit a change of pace role early on rather than potential foundation backs he is being listed above.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 10:39:00 AM

The Baltimore Sun predicts the Ravens will pop a running back "within the first few rounds."

Baltimore has scheduled visits with Tevin Coleman and Melvin Gordon III. They've also met with David Cobb and David Johnson. The Ravens recently axed backup running back Bernard Pierce, leaving Lorenzo Taliaferro and the aging Justin Forsett atop the depth chart. Keep in mind that new OC Marc Trestman likes to feature running backs in the passing game. Coleman could be an attractive Round 2 option. If the club waits until the third or fourth, Johnson, a skilled receiver, will be of interest.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 01:57:00 PM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's "violent running style is a joy to watch, but might have to be tempered to extend his career," advises NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He is a 'race car in the red' on just about every snap and refuses to give in, which leads to many big runs," Zierlein wrote. "Zone, gap, power ... it doesn't really matter because Coleman can fit all schemes. Has the burst and top-end speed to be a game-changing running back for a team looking for a workhorse." Like pretty much everyone else, the analyst compares Coleman to Darren McFadden. Like McFadden, Coleman is a lanky speed merchant. Unfortunately, they also share durability concerns and stiff hips. Coleman is a probable Round 2 pick.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 02:00:00 AM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman will visit the Ravens, Panthers and Cardinals, according to Aaron Wilson.

This is in addition to Coleman already visiting the Lions. These visits might be influenced by Coleman's foot surgery he underwent just before the Combine. Teams want an updated medical check, which they will also get on a second visit to Indianapolis. Obviously many like Coleman's talents, but we think he is a tier behind the chunk of secondary running backs in this deep class. Coleman will work out for teams on April 15.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman finished No. 1 in the nation with 10 rushing touchdowns of 25 yards or longer last season.

"Coleman's average rushing touchdown yardage this past season was more than 40 yards," noted ESPN's Sharon Katz. It's a ludicrous stat, and speaks to Coleman's breakaway speed. As Katz notes, he isn't a one-trick pony. Coleman finished No. 4 in the country behind only Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Josh Robinson with a 3.2 yards-after-contact average. Coleman is a second-round prospect.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 09:11:00 PM

NFL Media notes that Indiana RB Tevin Coleman is an intriguing second-round option to replace Demarco Murray in Dallas.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote essentially the same thing earlier in the day. The dots connect. If Dallas doesn't sign a starting RB in free agency, and both Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are gone by the time they pick at the end of the first round, Coleman will be extremely attractive at the No. 60 pick -- assuming he gets there. Most rank Coleman somewhere between the No. 3-5 prospect at his position, but former NFL executive Greg Gabriel believes he's the best.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 08:10:00 PM