There’s a few reasons why this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
First of all, there were numerous reports that Coleman, who hauled in 32 receptions and 473 yards (three TD’s) was leaning towards going to the NFL. Second, a major reason many players come back is to finish their degree. Well, he’s a two-time, all conference academic team selection and he’s merely a semester away from attaining his degree, which he could finish in one NFL offseason. And third, his stock won’t get higher next year playing in the Big Ten, which feature far more fearsome cornerbacks than the AAC. Coleman struggled at times this season with consistency, both in his hands and getting separation, and that was against somewhat inferior competition.
Plus, it’s not like he’d have an All-American QB throwing passes to him next year. Gary Nova is a near lock to once again call the signals for the Scarlet Knights, and while he’s solid, he’s far from spectacular (54 percent completion, 2,159 yards passing, 18 TDs and 14 INTs).
What kind of pro prospect is Coleman? Intriguing, to say the least.
Regardless of the inconsistency in his hands and getting separation, Coleman is an impressive physical specimen at nearly 6-foot 5, 220 pounds, and reportedly running in the low 4.5’s. He has the skills to be a red zone monster at the next level, where he can use his size and leaping ability. He’s a long, smooth strider who can break tackles with his physicality, but won’t be breaking anyone’s ankles.
As of now, he should be considered a second or third round prospect. His lack of production against inferior competition is worrisome, but he’s a smart, savvy player with the physical skill set of a starting wide receiver in the NFL.
It’ll be interesting to follow his results on the testing circuits.