In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns made big moves to revive their abysmal offense, selecting Baylor receiver Corey Coleman and USC quarterback Cody Kessler.
That Coleman was the Browns’ first choice (15th overall) was not much of a surprise. He is a gifted athlete with elite speed and a demonstrated ability to pick up yards after the catch. The one mark against him is that he played in a Baylor offense that doesn’t have a history of producing elite NFL receivers.
In response to a question from STACK about what he wants to prove to NFL coaches, Coleman said, “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.”
If all goes according to plan, Coleman will soon be catching passes from Kessler, whom the Browns selected in the third round. STACK had the opportunity preview what this combo might look like during an off-season workout at Proactive Sports Performance in Santa Ana, California, as the two athletes were preparing for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.
After a speed workout, Coleman and Kessler split off into position drill work. Coleman practiced running routes while catching passes from Kessler. We got only a brief glimpse of the two working together, but we can’t recall an errant throw or a dropped pass. Overall, they looked impressively in sync.
Although they were preparing for the Combine, this unanticipated practice might help them make an impact on the Browns’ offense earlier than expected. For the sake of all the loyal Browns fans, let’s hope this is the case.
Read the our full interview with Coleman here.