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2015 NFL DRAFT

Sammie Coates, WR

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Leroy, AL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 201 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
911

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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STRENGTHS: Coates reportedly has been clocked in the 4.3s in the 40-yard dash and this speed is apparent on the field. Like most big play wideouts, Coates possesses first-step acceleration that allows him to quickly leave defenders in his wake and the long speed to pull away from the pack.

He's unique in that Coates combines this speed with a muscle-packed frame that makes him every bit as likely to shove defenders to the ground as run away from them. He can extend and pluck fastballs outside of his frame and tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Malzahn's scheme calls for his receivers to block often and he is a physical and alert in this role.

WEAKNESSES: While blessed with extraordinary tools, Coates remains a work in progress. He runs limited routes in Auburn's scheme (mostly verticals, quick outs and drags across the middle) and he could generate more separation by sinking his hips and exploding out of his cuts. He doesn't consistently sell his routes when the play calls for a run or if he thinks the pass is going another way. Occasionally he'll let an "easy" pass slip through his fingers.

--Rob Rang (8/13/14)

Player Overview

Given Gus Malzahn's run-heavy attack, it is perhaps ironic that no player on the 2014 roster signifies Auburn's meteoric rise better than Coates, who entered last season with just six receptions under his belt. Coates exploded for 42 grabs for 902 yards (a 21.5 average!) and seven touchdowns in 2013 and due to a freakish blend of size, speed and strength, looks poised to build upon these numbers as a junior.
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08/21/2014 - Auburn receivers coach Dameyune Craig set a goal for his players a year ago: Be the nation's best group in 2014. The sixth-ranked Tigers should at least have a more dangerous receiving corps this season with top junior college prospect D'haquille Williams joining speedy deep threat Sammie Coates and Ricardo Louis. Expectations are certainly higher going into the opener with Arkansas on Aug. 30. "I planted a seed in their head," Craig said. "The one thing I always talk about is how to handle success. These things have been planted in these guys' heads a long time ago. The accolades that they're receiving this preseason is something that I foreshadowed for these guys. Even when the season started last year, I said, 'Once you start having success, how can you handle success?'" It's been awhile since Auburn receivers have drawn this much preseason buzz. The Tigers haven't had a receiver picked in the NFL draft since Courtney Taylor was a sixth-rounder in 2007.

The combination of Williams, Coates & Co. with quarterback Nick Marshall's offseason work on his passing creates more potential matchup headaches for opposing defenses. The Tigers led the nation in rushing last season behind now-departed Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason but are seeking more balance. Coates emerged as the go-to receiver last season, finishing third nationally with an average of 21.5 yards on 42 receptions, with 902 yards and seven touchdowns. Craig, a former Auburn quarterback, said he hasn't been around an athletic freak like the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Coates. "I wish I'd had these guys," he said. "Not taking anything away from the receivers I had, but these guys have special talents. Sammie has a 44-inch vertical, can run a 4.2 40 and benches 400 pounds. That in itself is a weapon. And he's been willing to work to become a better receiver. He's really put the work in. It's a fun group." - AP Sports

 

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