Photo of Tevin Coleman
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 3
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 73

Combine Results

5.79 ?
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Big Ten had a lot of great running backs last year. Coleman has big-time, top-end speed." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands


Had a breakout 2014 season. Consensus first-team All-American. Selected first-team All-Big Ten and Doak Walker (nation's top RB) finalist. Became third player in Big 10 history with 2,000 rushing yards in a single season (Larry Johnson, Melvin Gordon). Set school record with 2,036 rushing yards, including 307 rushing yards vs. Rutgers. In 2013, selected honorable mention All-Big Ten after missing the final three games with an ankle injury. Averaged 106.4 rushing yards per game. In 2012, led team with 566 kickoff-return yards, including a 96-yard TD. First-team All-State running back, but also played wide receiver and cornerback in high school. Was born 10 weeks early and weighed 3 1/2 pounds. Doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of survival.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.4 and 4.39 seconds



Decisive north-south runner. Outstanding three-step burst into second level. Fearless between the tackles. Has dangerous jump-cut to instantly change gaps and ruin the plans of linebackers. Stays square to the line and is always in ready position to hit turbo. Has shown one-cut ability and natural change-of-direction talent without gearing down. Violent run finisher. Will duck shoulder and throw heavy forearm into tackler to prove a point. Not a content runner -- doesn't like to give in. Capable hands out of backfield and willing to square up and engage pass rushers on pass plays. Hits top speed so quickly that safeties and linebackers repeatedly take poor angles, leading to long touchdowns. Half of his 28 career rushing touchdowns were of 43-plus yards, including eight of 64-plus yards.


Treats every carry like a sprint. Must improve run tempo and patience on stretch plays. Has to learn when to keep run play-side and improve patience to allow back-side cutback lanes to develop. Can improve as receiver out of backfield. Wasn't always in position to scan defense on screen passes, resulting in lost yardage. Pad level often a little high into contact. Not much of a tackle-breaker and allows his base to get too narrow, giving defenders a chance to end play prematurely. Less creative than most of the top-level backs in this draft. Could use more creativity once he gets to the second level.

Draft Projection

Round 2 or 3

Sources Tell Us

"There are two kinds of back who are successful in this league - runners who break tackles and runners who can create for themselves. He's not either one." -- NFC running back coach "A little stiff for my taste, but he could do some real damage in a spread offense." -- AFC area scout

NFL Comparison

Darren McFadden

Bottom Line

His violent running style is a joy to watch, but might have to be tempered to extend his career. He is a "race car in the red" on just about every snap and refuses to give in, which leads to many big runs. The biggest concern for teams about Coleman is the uncertainty about whether he can become a more patient runner and improve as a tackle-breaker. Has the burst and top-end speed to be a game-changing running back for a team looking for a workhorse, but questions about his "make you miss" talent could hurt his draft stock.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.