04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/243 - B.J. Coleman, QB, 6-3, 222, Tennessee-Chattanooga...Confident small-school product has the tools to make it at the next level, and training with Packers legend Brett Favre this winter doesn't hurt. - The Sports Xchange
A three-year starter, Bryon ?BJ? Coleman was a top 20 quarterback recruit out of high school, choosing Tennessee the summer before his senior year.
After redshirting in 2007, he saw limited action in 2008 as the third-string reserve, going 4-for-8 (50.0 percent) for 21 yards and one interception over three games. Coleman decided to transfer to Chattanooga (Tenn.) before the 2009 season and won the starting quarterback job as a sophomore (11 starts), finishing 227-for-401 (56.6 percent) for 2,348 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
He had his most productive season in 2010 as a junior with 11 starts, going 215-for-382 (56.3 percent) for 2,996 yards, 26 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and four rushing scores, earning Second Team All-Southern honors. Coleman battled a shoulder injury in 2011 as a senior and missed four games (seven starts), finishing 137-for-225 (60.9 percent) for 1,527 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Coleman was a highly-regarded recruit out of the prep level and transferred to Chattanooga (where is father played football) after two years in Knoxville for the opportunity of more playing time. He has a good head on his shoulders with a very high football pedigree, dedicating himself to improving and developing his skills. Coleman has inconsistent accuracy and touch with unpolished footwork, but he has an impressive raw skill-set with a strong arm, thick build and enough mobility - making him the top "small school" quarterback in this draft class because of his natural tools and passion for the game. But he needs a lot of work.
Strengths: Physically imposing and solidly-built throughout his frame with good body strength. Has a strong arm with the ability to easily make all the throws. Has above average zip and velocity on his passes with strong stick throws. Possesses a smooth, quick release with good mechanics that translate well to the next level. Has good mobility to move around in the pocket with the foot quickness to evade pressure and pick up yards with his legs when needed (7 career rush scores). Has strong character on and off the field with natural leadership traits and is known as the consummate teammate. Very coachable and is a quick learner, working hard to improve and hone his craft. A film junkie with a passion for the game and wants to win.
Weaknesses: Almost too thick and appears a bit mechanical in some of his movements, including his throwing motion. Has inconsistent footwork in his drops and passing stance. Displays inconsistent touch on throws to all levels of the field and needs to show a better grasp of when to throw fastballs and when to put some air underneath throws. Shows improved accuracy, but his ball location is still streaky and needs improvement. Played at the FCS-level with average results (52-to-31, career TD-to-INT ratio and only 57.4% career completions) and lacks ideal experience against top competition. Had a tough senior season with only 9 touchdowns in 7 starts and missed four of the final five games with an injury to his throwing shoulder.
NFL Comparison: Dan Orlovsky, Indianapolis Colts
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