2015 NFL Draft Profile: WR Sammie Coates, Auburn


The New York Giants will look at every possible prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, and we will try to do the same here at GMENHQ. Today, we are focused on Auburn’s Sammie Coates. Coates is a deep threat that can take the top off of any defense.

Sammie Coates was a superstar in his college career. He averaged 21.8 yards per reception in the 2014 season. There is no doubting the big play potential of the 6′ 2″ 201 pound Coates. Coates was the receiver that Auburn quarterback, Nick Marshall would go to when he needed a big play down the field.

GMENHQ Big Board Ranking: 33rd Overall Prospect


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  • Elite speed
  • Great vertical ability
  • Makes impressive one handed catches
  • Great YAC (yards after catch)
  • Good size


  • Inconsistent hands as he will make some of the really impressive catches and drop way too many of the easy ones
  • Not a great route runner
  • Needs to be better at contested catches: he is faster and can jump higher in college, he is just another player in the NFL. He needs to toughen up

NFL comparison: Torrey Smith

One could argue because of his big play capability that Coates could be a first round talent. Of course one could argue that with a case of the dropsies and an underdeveloped route tree that he would be lucky to be a second round selection. I lean towards a productive number 2, in my judgment of Coates. I think he is a lot like Torrey Smith from the Baltimore Ravens. He is not a dominant player but one who produces in the biggest moments.

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