Dynasty League Rookie Prospects: Indiana RB Tevin Coleman


It’s January, and we are working hard to get you ready for your rookie drafts in May and June. For this draft profile, I will be analyzing Indiana RB Tevin Coleman. I will share my thoughts on what he does well and what he does not so well to give you an idea of what his value should be in the future when it’s time to draft.

Nov 22, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers running back Tevin Coleman (6) carries the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 42-27. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Tevin Coleman is 21 years old and a 6’1, 210 pound junior from Indiana University. Coleman has had a very productive college career, in 2013 for his sophomore season of 2013, he ran for 958 yards and 12 TDs averaging 7.3 yards per carry, while playing in only 9 games. Coleman missed the last 3 games of his sophomore season due to an ankle sprain, so he would have been well over 1,000 yards rushing if he would have played the entire 12 games of the season. Coleman increased his college production during his junior season, rushing for 2,036 yards and 15 TDs with 7.5 yards per carry.  Coleman had 6 games with more than 150 yards rushing, and 4 games with more than 200 yards rushing. Coleman was very productive during his college career. He also had some use work in the passing game, catching 25 receptions for 141 yards.Coleman compares to Demarco Murray, Darren McFadden, and Latavius Murray when it comes to his rushing style and how he looks on tape. Coleman is very decisive while running the ball, he doesn’t hesitate, and he hits the hole as soon as he sees it open. He’s a hard runner and he is always falling forward when he is getting tackled, which results in picking up an extra yard or two on a lot of his carries. Coleman displays good burst and gets through the hole quickly, getting him to the second level of the defense on a lot of rushing attempts. Coleman is a taller back and he runs tall like Murray, McFadden and L. Murray, which will cause him to take more impactful hits on his body and will generate injuries. Sometimes Coleman will make his decision too soon, and will end up running his blockers. He doesn’t possess top end speed, but has enough speed to get in the second level of the defense and break off long runs.

I like Coleman, and I think he’s going to very effective if he lands into the right situation. I can see him going in the late 1st to the mid 2nd in the NFL draft. For rookie drafts, he can land anywhere between the 1.10 to possibly the 1.1, it all depends on landing spot when it comes to his value come draft day. Coleman has the athletic ability to be a top 6 pick in the rookie draft, he has two years of solid college production and he has the quickness to get through the holes at the NFL level. The combine is going to be huge for Coleman, if he runs a good 40 and displays good lateral ability for his 3-cone, he will jump on a lot of draft boards. Coleman’s use in the passing game was limited, but he’s a good pass protector and won’t be left from seeing the field due to his pass blocking. I would like to see Coleman get more use as a receiver, but that wasn’t part of the game plan at Indiana, and we are going to have be aware of what he looks like as a receiver when it comes to his combine and pro-day. Coleman’s ability to make a decision quickly and get through the hole will be valuable in the NFL, because he won’t be caught in the backfield dancing and stutter stepping before he hits the hole. Right now, I feel comfortable taking Coleman around the 1.5-1.7 range in rookie drafts.
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