Lavon Coleman

Washington
RB

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
Lompoc, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
215 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.96
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.65
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Coleman came from the high school of former Washington standout back Napoleon Kaufman (Lompoc, Calif.) and was a top-25 runner nationally, so expectations for him in Seattle were high despite the fact that he missed most of his senior year with injury. Coleman redshirted in 2013, though he was named Offensive Scout Squad MVP for the mid-week looks he gave the starters. He started two of the 11 games he played in 2014 (missing two with an injury), gaining 565 yards and scoring once on 138 carries (nine receptions, 35 yards). Though Coleman played in all 13 games as a sophomore, he saw the ball less often (33 carries, 176 yards rushing; four receptions, 31 yards receiving) and started just once, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over Southern Miss (six carries, 39 yards). The strong one-cut, north-south runner only had 114 carries in 2016, but he scored seven times and set a school record with 7.5 yards per attempt to get to 852 yards for the year (including 101 on 18 carries in Washington's win in the Pac-12 Championship Game). Coleman also won the team's Special Teams MVP for 2016 with seven tackles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority Free Agent
Overview
Coleman lacks dynamic tape from the 2017 season, but there might be a team who believes that he can get back to his 2016 form where he showed some ability to create for himself with elusiveness. Coleman's plus size and his ability to cover on special teams could give him an extra bump, but his inability to break tackles and move the pile could make finding a roster spot a challenge.
Strengths
  • Has desired NFL size
  • Plays with good hip smoothness and lateral agility for a running back with his size
  • Has enough suddenness in his feet to plant quickly and go on outside zone runs
  • His 2016 season showed off an ability to make late jukes to shake tacklers at or behind the line of scrimmage
  • Shows an ability to set up linebackers and cut away from them on second level once he makes his decision to get downhill
  • Doesn't have much production as a pass receiver, but does have the hands to handle screen passes and dump offs
  • Rarely fumbles
  • Has coverage experience and ability on punt and kick coverage units
Weaknesses
  • Finesse runner in power back's body
  • Disappointing as tackle breaker
  • Slows feet into contact and rarely drives legs through angle tackle attempts
  • One-speed runner lacking burst through the hole
  • Defenders clock his play speed and can find him in the gaps
  • Looks much more sluggish in 2017 than 2016
  • Tackles he eluded last year are getting home this season
  • Lacks vision and feel for rush lane development
  • Hesitant without a clear point of entry
  • Missing acceleration out of his cuts to get away from incoming tacklers
  • Needs to play with more aggressiveness in pass protection
Sources Tell Us

"I don't even recognize him this year. He just looks so much slower. He's got good size and will get a look somewhere but there isn't enough there for me to put my name on right now." -- NFC team West Coast scout

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GRADE
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