Though he was projected to be picked in Rounds 3-5 in the 2014 NFL Draft, Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman never heard his name called. But many teams thought that the rookie was still worth a shot, and the New Orleans Saints ended up adding the undrafted free agent to the league’s best passing attack.
The Saints are well known for trying to find a star somewhere in the pile of undrafted rookies, so it’s not ridiculous to think that Coleman will be given plenty of opportunities to prove himself during training camp. On the surface, there’s not a whole lot wrong with Coleman, aside from a knee injury that was red-flagged by a couple of evaluators. He has very little downside to be concerned with.
There is plenty to like about Coleman. He stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs about 225 pounds, giving him the perfect build for a receiver and makes him a big target. His arms are long, giving him the ability to knock around opposing defensive backs, and his length gives him the ability to cover ground with long strides. Perhaps his greatest asset, however, is his natural playmaking ability.
Right now keeping Coleman doesn’t offer many benefits. He isn’t going to get much playing time, if any, in his first few years. His impact on special teams would be minimal, as he lacks the explosive speed to get down the field to cover kicks or punts. His real worth comes down to the possibility that he could bloom into a star in the Saints’ offense.
Don’t expect anything from him right away, but it wouldn’t be a giant surprise to see him become a solid weapon in years to come.