Falcons Select Tevin Coleman in the Third Round


The Falcons decided to take a running back with their third round pick, taking Tevin Coleman out of Indiana. In the history of the Big Ten conference, only three tailbacks have rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season: Larry Johnson, Melvin Gordon, and Tevin Coleman. Coleman is about 6 feet tall and weighs in at about 205 pounds. In his sophomore season at Indiana, Coleman rushed for 958 yards on just 131 carries. It was obvious the only thing holding Coleman back was the lack of touches he received. In his junior year, he broke out for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns on 270 carries. Coleman is a prototypical North-South runner. He hits the hole with a purpose and finishes runs by lowering his shoulder and delivering violent blows to the opponent.  Running back was a significant position of need for the Falcons in this years draft, and the Falcons looked to have addressed that position of need. Coleman’s no nonsense type of running style should fit perfectly with the type of physical environment Quinn is trying to install in Atlanta. His great vision and ability to find holes quickly should also fit well with the zone blocking scheme offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is going to run this year. He will compete with Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith for touches, but I expect Coleman to become the primary back sooner rather than later.

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