Ohio State Senior
Pros: Is a tough, aggressive player that likes to hit and will come up and fill a running lane. He has nice awareness in coverage and is rarely caught out of position. Can break up the pass and does a good job keeping things in front of him. Can be an effective blitzer.
Cons: Lacks size, speed, and range to make many plays. Not a big hitter and an undersized tackler. Not great when working in man coverage on the slot receiver.
Overview: He's not very big, but he's tough and plays smart. He plays strong safety for Ohio State, but because of his lack of size, he'll likely to be moved to free safety at the next level in most schemes. Has been productive the past two years with 9 interceptions.
NFL Forecast: He doesn't have much upside to be a starter. If he can bulk up and play in a scheme that features a lot of Cover-2, he could be effective in that role. But he'll never be a playmaker as a starter. He's better suited coming off the bench, particularly if he can contribute right away on special teams, which I don't suspect will be a problem for him. He's just not fast enough to be a rangy ballhawk. He's too small to be a physical presence against the run. But Coleman is one of those hard-working types that I think can eventually work his way into a starting lineup and if he is paired with a good safety can be an effective starter. In the mold of a player like Jim Leonhard, who was also a productive Big 10 safety that was undersized entering the league and sat the bench for three years before becoming an effective starter with the Ravens in 2008. Coleman is bigger than Leonhard, but not as fast.
ATL Forecast: Coleman could eventually work his way into the starting lineup down the road if the Falcons were to opt not to re-sign DeCoud or Moore to a second contract. He would fill a nice backup role that would make a nice stopgap starter, but lacks the upside of the other two to really think he has a good shot at unseating them as starters. He would fill a nice role as a reserve with the Falcons and be potentially able to backup either position. He'd be a good fit in the Falcons scheme, but would be hard-pressed to win a permanent starting job.
Value: Coleman is a nice middle round pick that probably because he doesn't have big upside as a starter, would be best taken in the fourth or fifth round.
Scouting reports of safeties in the 2010 draft.
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