Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: QB B.J. Coleman
B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
6-3, 222 pounds
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
News and Notes:
In terms of physical tools, regarded as one of the best small-college QBs in recent years. … Limited to seven games senior season with a shoulder injury. … Good athlete and tough runner between the tackles. … Holds the ball too long at times, struggles to progress to secondary receiving options. … Compared to Boomer Esiason because of his instincts and hard-driven leadership style. … Transferred from Tennessee to Tennessee-Chattanooga after losing competition for starting job the spring of his sophomore season. … Completed 60.89 percent of passes for 1,527 yards and nine TDs in seven games as a senior. … Finished college career as the fourth player in school history to throw for over 6,000 yards. … Lettered three times as a pitcher in high school.
What they’re saying about him:
- NFL.com: “Coleman has a quick set-up and plays with a good sense of urgency. He is athletic when scrambling and can place it on receivers both in the short and long passing situations.”
- CBSSports.com: “Coleman has inconsistent accuracy and touch with unpolished footwork, but he has an impressive raw skill-set with a strong arm, thick build and enough mobility – making him the top “small school” quarterback in this draft class because of his natural tools and passion for the game. But he needs a lot of work.”
- Mockingthedraft.com: “Weaknesses: Technically raw, especially in his footwork which makes him a developmental player. Takes unnecessary steps in his drop back. Deep accuracy is questionable. Locks onto receivers, especially over the middle of the field.”
- Seems anxious in the shotgun. Then again, I probably would be anxious, too, if I was the Tennessee-Chattanooga QB going against the Nebraska front seven.
- When he stands tall and confident in the pocket, I like what I see.
- Floats a lot of deep passes. Those will get picked by NFL safeties.
- The size, strength and speed is there, but overall Coleman needs a lot of polishing.
- I could see Mike McCarthy wanting to work with a guy like Coleman to try and develop him. And make no mistake about it, Coleman would be a project if the Packers take him late in the draft. I don’t see him coming close to winning the No. 2 QB job right away.
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .