NFL Draft Prospect Profile: B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga

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Tennessee-Chattanooga QB B.J. Coleman

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: QB B.J. Coleman

Player Information:

B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
6-3, 222 pounds
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

NFL Combine:

N/A.

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.”

Video:

Video Analysis:

  • 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.
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  • http://PigskinPaul.com Pigskin Paul

    Not to put the damper on this thing becuse one week does not a career make. But every time I started to like him during SHRINE Week in St.Pete he’d hit a streak where he couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn with a shovel.He also looked a little gun shy when the pocket started to fall apart. He’d be a big project for MIKE McC.

    • Adam Czech

      How big of a project is Coleman coming out of college compared to what Flynn was in your opinion?

  • Ron LC

    Another round 6/7 development project

  • Dan

    I’m getting a bad feeling that there will be a big run on D players before no 28 and TT will have to take a value pick O player.

  • Pete Kliman

    Yes,but there are so many OLB/DE’s available one will be there for us. Whether they produce will be another story as most of them have questions to their game.However, now that you mention it watch him draft Fleener if available.The drama is intense!LOL