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Scouting Profile: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn


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Games watched: vs LSU, vs Arkansas, vs Texas A&M

 

The Good:

 

Fantastic athlete. Elite speed and explosive get-off at the line. Very high-ceiling player. 

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253062&gif=HatefulUnknownErmine

 

Strong enough to beat press coverage when challenged at the line.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253869&gif=LeafyEmptyAmericanratsnake

 

Does a good job at tracking the ball through the air and timing his jumps:

 ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253869&gif=EqualEnviousBlueshark

 

Good body control. Adjusts to the ball well. Shields it with his body. 

 ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253869&gif=SeparateClearBetafish

 ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253062&gif=IdleEmptyHermitcrab

 
Powerful runner. Can drag tacklers. A lot of wiggle and elusiveness after the catch. 
 
Special teams gunner.
 
MY GOD SAMMIE! THAT DB HAS A FAMILY!!
 
The Bad: 
 
With his athletic ability, you'd like to see him attack the ball in the air more frequently. 
 
Doesn't run routes from the slot. Probably just a function of the offense, but experience there is always a plus to me. 
 
Not an explosive route-runner.  Probably why he ran limited routes at Auburn.
 
Inconsistent run-blocker.
 
The Ugly: 
 
Prefers to corral the ball with his chest.
 
The above leads to a ton of dumb drops and double-catches.
 
Conclusion: 
 
Coates is a very athletic, high-ceiling player with all the physical qualities you look for in a 1st round receiver. At this point, he is more athlete than WR. He'd be a good pick for a team that doesn't have to rely on him right away and can take a chance on a project player. A team like New England seems like a perfect fit. Maybe those deflated footballs will help him with his catching problem.
 
Projected Round: 2
NFL Comp: A more physical Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh 

 

Up next: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/Oklahoma

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