2015 NFL Draft Profile: Tevin Coleman, RB Indiana


 Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is a physical runner that isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder to try to pick up a couple extra yards.  He’s a feature type of running back, but sadly that kind of mentality is being phased out in the NFL.  However, teams should be very comfortable adding Coleman to their stable of running backs and using another back as a change of pace type runner.

Some of his best traits are those that get overlooked.  He’s a very good receiver out of the backfield and can compose himself quickly after the catch to move the ball up the field.  He has small hands that could be a part of his ball security issues, but those aren’t an issue in pass catching.

Right now, Tevin Coleman is a one cut running back with home run potential.  However, there is a struggle if the initial hole isn’t there.  It seems as though Coleman is fine with charging into an undeveloped hole where it should be rather than waiting for one to develop.  But, if he can improve on his patience and vision, Tevin Coleman could be a better value than expected.

Nov 15, 2014; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Indiana Hoosiers running back Tevin Coleman (6) runs for first down against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 206 pounds
  • Arm Length: 32″
  • Hand Size: 8 5/8″
  • 40 Yard Dash: N/A
  • Bench Press: 22 reps
  • Vertical Jump: N/A
  • Broad Jump: N/A
  • 3 Cone Drill: N/A
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: N/A

Draft Projection

Tevin Coleman is currently the #58 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is their #5 running back available.  He’s projected to be a 2nd round draft pick.

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Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota doesn’t currently need a running back.  However, if they manage to deal Adrian Peterson, the team could look to add competition and possibly look for a ball carrier to add to the team’s rotation.

My Take

As much as I’d love to endorse any running back for the Vikings, I can’t until a need at the position opens up.  However, there is the case that a talented player drops to a point where he would almost HAVE to be selected.  To me, that would be the third round for Tevin Coleman.  However, that evaluation would change if a bigger need opened up.

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