After being rated as highly as a 3rd round pick and as low as a 5th/6th/7th round pick, undrafted FA WR Brandon Coleman has agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints. I thought for sure Coleman would be drafted, and I had him going as high as the 5th round to the Miami Dolphins. I believe the Dolphins, who Coleman was considering joining after going undrafted, have missed out on what could have been a missing piece to their offensive puzzle.
The Rutgers WR was one of the biggest pass catcher in this year’s draft, standing at 6 foot 6, 225 pounds. On top of that, Coleman ran a 4.56 forty-yard dash (pretty darn good for a big man), and has a 32.5 inch vertical. He would have been perfect for Ryan Tannehill, especially in the red zone, and fights for balls unlike any receiver on the Dolphins’ roster (barring Jarvis Landry). What is really disappointing is that Miami drafted two wide receivers in this draft, neither of which are taller than 6 foot 1. They lack a big, physical pass catcher who can go up and bring down jump balls or lobs. Coleman would have fit that need perfectly, and for a cheap price.
Instead, QB Drew Brees and the star-studded Saints have added Coleman, who I believe will prove to be a diamond in this draft. His size speaks for itself, not to mention his decent route running and good hands, both of which will increase with his time in this league. Now, Miami’s best hope is to find an alternative to Coleman, or hope the Saints let him go. The latter seems unlikely.