Corey Coleman has put himself in a great position leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.
The former Baylor wide receiver had a ridiculous 2015 season. He finished the year with 20 touchdowns—he once scored four in a game—and won the 2015 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Coleman posted top-five numbers for his position in the Bench Press, Vertical Jump and Broad Jump, the only events he tested in. Subsequently, he ran a blazing 4.37-second 40-Yard Dash at his Pro Day, which makes him one of the fastest receivers in this year’s class.
That should settle the nerves of NFL coaches and scouts. According to CBS.com, because of its offensive system, Baylor is not known for producing high-level NFL wide receivers. However, Coleman believes his talents and preparation will allow him to have an immediate impact at the next level.
Leading up to the Combine, Coleman trained with Ryan Capretta at Proactive Sports Performance in Orange County. This beautiful training facility, situated on top of a trendy apartment complex, was home to many other elite prospects, including fellow wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
STACK caught up with Coleman after he finished training on a day that began with an hour of speed work to train for the 40-Yard Dash; position drills with a wide receiver coach; and a strength workout to improve his 225-Bench Press. Here’s what Coleman had to say about the experience.
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STACK: What’s it like training to be an NFL Draft prospect?
Corey Coleman: It’s pretty amazing. I feel like it’s a blessing, because not too many people have this opportunity. And, you know, to be around guys with the same caliber and training with them—you’re making them better, and they’re making you better.
[Proactive] is the best of the best. Everyone can wake up and go up the elevator and be at the training facility. Everything is close together. The training staff does a great job getting our body right, eating healthy—just doing everything they can to make us be at our best.
What’s been the toughest part?
Every day, [Capretta] is going to push you to the max. He’s going to make sure you get the most out of here. That’s the one good thing that a lot of trainers don’t know. He makes sure he finds the breaking point and tries to get you to it to make you stronger than you were.
How have you improved?
Definitely with knowledge of the game, getting stronger, wiser and smarter. Just learning the game, going through board work and watching film. I think that’s a pretty cool deal to have the one-on-one attention like that.
Take us through the workout you did today.
Today was an upper-body workout. He’s a smart guy, the way he does stuff. We started out warming up every muscle and made sure we don’t have any injuries. Then we did sets of 225 for repetitions. And he makes sure you look right with some Curls in there. He focuses on every part of your body.
What are you trying to prove to coaches and scouts?
That our offense [at Baylor] was really not a system, and I can run NFL routes. I know all the coverages and I read coverages. I want to prove to them that I can come in on day one and contribute, and it’s not a mistake to pick me.
What’s your go-to pre-game meal?
I can’t eat before a game. I try to get a lot of fluids in my body to make sure I’m hydrated. I get too nervous and anxious to eat. If I eat a lot, I feel like I’ll throw that right up. So I really just hydrate and maybe get some fruit in my body. The night before, I try to do a good job of eating a big meal of pasta, have a steak or something like that.
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
I got to go with Wingstop. I shouldn’t tell you this, but I used to have Wingstop the night before every home game. My habits have to change; I understand that. But man, that’s my favorite cheat meal.
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