NFL Draft Profile: Calfornia DT Deandre Coleman

NFL Draft Profile: Calfornia DT Deandre Coleman
April 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Deandre Coleman (DT), California

6'5" | 314 lbs.

2013 stats:

39 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks

Projection:

5th-6th Round

What the scouts are saying:

"A very big, strong, two-gapping plugger ideally suited to stack the corner of an odd front. Will make a living digging his feet in the dirt and defending the run." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Certainly looks the part of an NFL defensive lineman, boasting broad shoulders, a relatively trim middle and tree trunks for legs. Good power at the point of attack. Above average initial quickness and straight-line speed for a man of his size. Durable performer who played in all 37 games over the past three seasons." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

"Coleman could fit as a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle in the NFL. He may not be quick enough to play a traditional 4-3 defensive end at the next level." (WalterFootball.com)

Fit for the Bears:

Although scouts believe Coleman is better suited to play defensive tackle, he's durable, versatile, and experienced, who can play any position on the defensive line—he appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons. The Bears could certainly use a durable player who can be plugged into any defensive format, especially to a defense that was plagued with injuries a year ago.

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