In 2013, University of Indiana running back Tevin Coleman had a breakthrough season, leading his team in rushing, gaining 958 yards, and 12 touchdowns. In 2014, he had a season that couldn’t be ignored by anyone, NFL scouts included. Coleman made a name for himself on a national level, rushing for 2,036 yards (7.5 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns.
With the Lions looking for an affordable way to upgrade the running back position this offseason, the draft is a perfect place to start. It appears Tevin Coleman has already caught the eye of the Lions considering he was in for a pre-draft visit this week, and for good reason.
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Notable Combine Measurables
Weight: 206 pounds
40-yd Dash: Did Not Participate
20-yd Shuttle: Did Not Participate
3-Cone Drill: Did Not Participate
Vertical Jump: Did Not Participate
Broad Jump: Did Not Participate
Bench Press: 225 pounds, 22 times
Traits And Projected Round
Coleman is a long strider, but he accelerates quickly, changes speeds effectively, and has above average vision. He plays with a physical and aggressive edge to his game, and is a threat to score any time he carries the ball (with eight touchdown runs of over 60 yards last season). Coleman also displays natural pass-catching skills out of the backfield, as well as awareness and willingness to be dependable in pass-blocking situations.
Coleman does have an upright running style, causing some concerns about durability at the NFL level. He had surgery on his toe and foot in December, so he didn’t work out at the combine (bench press only). He will get to show NFL scouts what he can do at his pro-day on April 15th. If Coleman shows he’s fully healthy, he projects as a 2nd round pick. If, by chance, he lasts until the 3rd round, it’s unlikely he will still be available by the time the Lions select.
Why The Lions Could Draft Tevin Coleman
Joique Bell is durable, dependable, and physical. He is effective in many facets of the rushing game. But he is not an explosive back, or a big-play threat. Tevin Coleman would add an element to the Lions running back corps they sorely lack. He is the epitome of a home run hitter.
Coleman is also versatile enough to find various ways to contribute. He shows promise, potential, and willingness as a pass catcher, blocker, and returner, as well as a traditional runner. His big-play ability and versatility make him a terrific candidate for the Lions.
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