If Corey Coleman is half as productive in his rookie season in the NFL as he was in his final year at Baylor, he’ll make an early mark on the fantasy football landscape.
Why half as productive? Well, Coleman scored 20 receiving touchdowns in 2015. That’s not happening in his rookie professional season. Let’s make that clear.
And if Coleman is going to shine, he’ll probably Robert Griffin III to have a bounceback season. That’s because Coleman was selected 15th overall by the Cleveland Browns.
The 2015 All-American and Fred Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top collegiate receiver, Coleman has the speed (sub 4.4 time in the 40) and the other physical tools to succeed, though.
This is a deep draft for receivers and now that the NFL has become a passing league, rookie receivers aren’t the fantasy dead-weight they used to be a handful of years ago.
Still, though, Coleman isn’t a lock. Nobody is. So don’t go using a high fantasy football draft pick on him come August. We’ve got time to discuss that as the summer moves along. And well will.
Cleveland has a pretty thin receiving corps, so Coleman should be on the field a lot next season. Where he was taken, though, the Browns obviously expect Coleman to develop into a No. 1 WR.
But as mentioned above, the quarterback situation in Cleveland isn’t ideal — RG3 or Josh McCown. So Coleman has that working against him.
Though Travis Benjamin, now with the San Diego Chargers, was able to produce a season ago with McCown and Johnny Manziel (now gone). Can Coleman duplicate the 68 receptions, 966 yards and 5 touchdowns? It’s going to be tough, but possible.
If you draft Coleman for your fantasy team in 2016, you wait until the later rounds.