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NFL Draft results 2014: Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman signs with Saints

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The big-play threat from RU will be taking his talents to New Orleans after signing with the Saints.

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After towering over defenders on the college gridiron, Brandon Coleman is finally going to play on Sundays, a foregone conclusion the moment he stepped on the playing field. At 6'6", Coleman has unmatched measurables that make him a valuable player through sheer physical talent alone. Sure, he had his fair share of drops, but he wasn't helped out by Rutgers' shaky quarterback play either. Regardless of his inconsistent production on the banks, his size is reason enough alone to spend a mid-round draft pick on him.

After recording an astonishing 32.5 yards per catch in 2011, Coleman went on to average no less than 15.8 yards per grab over the next two seasons. His 20 touchdowns tie the school record shared with 2006-2009 wideout Tim Brown.

On Coleman, SB Nation's Dan Kadar had the following to say:

Coleman is bigger than any defensive back he'll face and can use that to his advantage. That doesn't necessarily mean his height, either. Coleman has a big frame and knows how to use it to shield defenders. In particular, when Coleman is asked to run quick come back routes, he can make himself wide on the turn, giving the quarterback an easy target.

Combine Results

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 225 lbs.

Bench press: 21 reps

Vertical jump: 32.5 inches

20-yard shuttle: 4.51 secs

3-cone drill: 7.33 secs

40-yard dash: 4.56 secs

Coleman was the player who was always just so close to becoming an absolute star, but could never quite achieve that top billing. It could have been his hands, or perhaps the quarterback situation at RU. Most likely, it was a mix of both. Regardless, his work ethic has never come into question, and with the team he'll be joining in New Orleans, Coleman should be an excellent addition to the Sean Payton's team.

He enters a much better situation than Rutgers, as Drew Brees is just a little bit better than Gary Nova and Chas Dodd. However, New Orleans has been notorious for being a wideout wasteland, as Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, and Marques Colston have all been inconsistent in terms of production. Obviously, it's tough to compete for catches with Jimmy Graham on the same team. But with Coleman's height, Drew Brees will have another big target, so if Coleman can figure out how to catch the ball much more consistently, Brees will have no problem throwing the ball his way.

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