Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn – 2015

Junior who has already graduated and will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Good height and bulk for the position, with adequate hand size. A very athletic wide receiver with plus attributes just about everywhere. Runs with above-average speed and quickness. Though he hasn’t been super-effective at it, he has all the skills to be a good route runner. He has quick feet and is quick out of his breaks. Gets pretty good separation from defenders in his routes. His hands are also above average, and he has the agility and body control to be able to extend for passes away from his frame and adjust to off-target passes well. He also shows good concentration on tipped passes and tracks passes well over his inside shoulder. Is willing to be physical and isn’t afraid to catch passes over the middle. He has a strong upper body, and isn’t easy to bring down after the catch. Good downfield blocker. Knows to work back to the quarterback when he’s scrambling.

Negatives: Though he has the quickness to do it, his route running is suspect and he doesn’t always seem to be in sync with his quarterback. There are some lapses in his hands, and he tends to body catch or bobble too many passes. Injured his groin in the Senior Bowl.

Projection: Late Round 1. While not a finished product, he has too many good attributes to be anything but valuable for a team. He’ll already be tough to cover in the NFL, but – if he gets some coaching on his routes – he will become very hard to cover in the NFL.

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