Sammie Coates, WR

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Leroy, AL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 212 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.372.591.5523 4110'11"4.066.98

Player Overview

A three-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Coates originally committed to Southern Miss, but switched once Auburn offered him during the summer prior to his senior year.

He redshirted in 2011 after injuring his knee and was a little-used redshirt freshman back-up in 2012, starting one game and finishing with six catches. With a new coaching staff taking over at Auburn, Coates became a starter (12 starts) in 2013 and led the Tigers with 42 receptions for 902 yards and seven touchdowns, emerging as an offensive playmaker with 14 catches of 30+ yards.

He battled injuries as a junior in 2014 (seven starts), finishing with 34 catches for 741 yards and four scores, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Despite one year left of eligibility, Coates left Auburn early for the 2015 NFL Draft. As a fourth-year junior, he participated in the 2015 Senior Bowl

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, chiseled frame with cut muscle definition and longer arms than several of his offensive line teammates...above average straight-line speed with swift, decisive strides to stretch defenses...shifts gears well with a second gear to easily accelerate and get behind the secondary - his ability to be a vertical threat stays in the minds of cornerbacks.

Strong upper body to fight off tacklers with a heavy stiff arm...dangerous after the catch with the plant-and-go burst to be slippery and elude defenders...shows the lower body explosion to elevate and highpoint...quick hands to make natural adjustments and handle fastballs...physical blocker with room to grow in this area.

Genuine personality who won't find trouble off the field...averaged 21.4 yards per catch in college, proving to be a threat before and after the catch - set a school-record with 206 receiving yards in the 2014 Iron Bowl at Alabama.

WEAKNESSES: Not a natural hands-catcher and routinely fights the ball with inconsistent finishing concentration...needs to be more efficient attacking the ball away from his frame.

Lacks experience with the full route tree and is very unpolished in his breaks, tipping his path...needs to do a better job sinking his body and flipping his hips in tight situations...needs to develop his understanding of how to best use his body to leverage defenders - not as reliable in 50/50 situations as his size/length would suggest...struggles to improvise and work back to the quarterback, not doing enough with his skill-set to create separation.

Inconsistent dedication and work ethic in the past and would sometimes quit on routes...doesn't offer special teams value...medicals need checked out - deep bone bruise to his left knee (Aug. 2014) that plagued him his entire junior year.

IN OUR VIEW: A physical specimen with his size/speed combination, Coates has freakish ability and is clearly most comfortable on vertical routes, but can be very inconsistent on other patterns and is more of an athlete than polished pass-catcher right now. His overall focus and reliability at the catch point is a question mark as he struggles to consistently track and secure with too many drops on his resume.

Coates could have used another year in college to continue his development and work on the details of the position, but a target with his natural gifts will be coveted at the next level. His physical talent is reminiscent of a mix of Dwayne Bowe and Torrey Smith, but shouldn't be relied upon to be anything more than a raw vertical threat as a rookie and might never be anything more unless NFL coaching can harness his athletic traits - will be drafted early, but his question marks push his value down my draft board.

--Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Steelers' eight picks: Round 3/87 - Sammie Coates, WR, 6-1, 212, Auburn...Tall, fast, big-play wide receiver joins a team that is awash in good to great receivers. Three-year starter for the Tigers. A knee injury in the opener last season limited his production to 34 catches for 741 yards and four touchdowns but still averaged 21.5 yards a catch. - The Sports Xchange


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