2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: Top Ten Candidates
6. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
May 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) on the field during OTA at Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
He was often over-shadowed by other Big Ten backs while playing at Indiana University, but make no mistake about it, Tevin Coleman was a star. He was clearly the focal point of the Indiana offense, but Coleman was still able to produce an incredible 7.5 yards per carry average in 401 carries as the Hoosiers’ featured back the past two seasons.
Coleman is a very quick and decisive one-cut runner with great breakaway speed. While big-play ability is what Coleman known best for, his power and ability to get the tough yardage inside is underrated. Coleman is a strong back with a great overall physical skill-set.
The most exciting thing about Coleman being drafted in the third round by the Falcons is his pairing up with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. His quick and decisive one-cut style makes his an absolutely ideal fit for Shanahan’s zone run blocking scheme.
On top of that, Shanahan has a history of featuring one back on his offense at a time. Devonta Freeman will probably push Coleman for playing time, but Coleman is clearly the superior talent. The Falcons would be crazy not to give him an opportunity this season, and considering they spent a high third round pick on him, I am imaging that is the plan.
Coleman is an exciting talent in an offense that is perfect for his running back abilities. He may not be the most obvious pick, but Coleman will play himself into rookie of the year consideration.
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