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Prospect Profiles: BJ Coleman


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-5, 220, 4.95


National Football Post:

Coleman is a tall, good looking quarterback prospect with a well-put together frame, good height and the ability to easily see over the line of scrimmage. He possesses an above-average arm, can spin the football into the second level and won’t have any problems making all the throws at the next level. However, he is raw with his footwork, his initial step from the gun is with his left foot too often (he’s a right handed quarterback) and he wastes a lot of motion stutter-stepping in order to balance himself to get away from the pocket. He doesn’t get away from center quickly, and he will struggle with his balance trying to get rid of the football in the three and five-step game. Coleman almost seems to fall off throws and will throw off his back foot without collecting himself, causing his accuracy to suffer because of it. However, he does do a nice job collecting himself and getting a nice wide base to throw from when he can step into throws. He transfers his weight well, gets the ball out of his hands with a solid release point and generates good torque from his lower half. He displays “plus” placement with his plant foot and is accurate with the ball when he collects himself. He will need some time to mature from under center and improve his footwork, but is a good enough athlete to do so.

Coleman displays a bit of an inconsistent spiral when throwing down the field, and when throwing underneath he looks to direct the football too often. He can get very mechanical at times when delivering the football underneath and there are other times where he really looks natural and loose spinning the football. He gets locked in at times with his pre-snap reads and he’ll stare down initial targets. However, to his credit, he will work his eyes to a certain degree. While he doesn’t manipulate defenses, he does a good enough job to keep the defense from getting early jumps on the football. He knows where his outlet is and will buy time for himself inside the pocket on the move. His awareness inside the pocket is only average, as he generally feels pressure, but seems to get caught ignoring that pressure from the backside at times. He seems to have a solid mental clock, but looks content to simply protect the football instead of getting it out of his hands. He exhibits good touch down the field as well, giving his receivers a chance to run under throws, and will take a bit off when need be. He gets caught trusting his arm too much sometimes and will fall off throws in the face of pressure.

He is a former Tennessee transfer who left because of the Lane Kiffin saga.

Impression: He needs to improve his footwork from the gun and from center before he’s ready for the NFL game. However, Coleman has a good skill set, can make all the throws and is an intriguing developmental kid with a “plus” upside.



• Outstanding size to withstand punishment
• Can carve defenses pre-snap and handle complex terminology
• Can drive the ball
• Intensely competitive
• Breathes football
• Tireless worker


• Too tight-shouldered
• Limited escapability in face of the rush
• Robotic field reader — plays too cautiously
• Locks on to receivers
• Tends to spray the ball (sub-60% passer)
• Average anticipation

The Way We See It:

A highly demanding, smart, driven competitor with perfectionist tendencies. Is wired for the game but needs to learn how to let it rip and learn to trust his instincts to find success against much better competition at the pro level.

Sideline Scouting:

Positives — Throws a great deep ball, gets a lot of rotation on his throws and makes some terrific throws down the field… Throws a very catchable ball… Good arm strength, can make every throw… Good over-the-top throwing motion, smooth and doesn’t have any hitches… A hard worker, really committed to improving himself and his teammates, does all of the things off the field that you want your quarterback to do… High football IQ, very smart and understands the X’s and O’s aspect of the game… Possesses ideal height and frame for an NFL quarterback… Has huge hands which helps him grip the ball and throw a nice spiral… Has experience working under center and out of the shotgun… Drew rave reviews for his performance during Shrine week, has been moving up draft boards and has a lot of post-season momentum.

Negatives — Poor production for a draftable prospect, only threw for 1,527 yards in seven games in 2011 while completing 61 percent of his passes at the FCS level… Has a tendency to throw off his back foot when pressured… Makes some poor decisions, was able to get away with it in college, but will not at the NFL level… Needs some work with his drop steps, doesn’t get great depth and his footwork appears awkward at times… Very much an unfinished product… Level of competition will be seriously questioned while playing at Tennessee-Chattanooga… Struggled in his one game last year against FBS competition throwing for 174 yards, one touchdown, one interception against Nebraska… Had a five interception game against Elon in 2010… Transferred from Tennessee, will be a 24-year-old rookie… Missed three full games in 2011 with a shoulder injury.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

BJ Coleman is a tall, former Tennessee QB with some upside. Strong arm.Nice mobility. Perfect height, can see over the line. Played against a lower level of competition. Has some technique issues. Needs time and experience, and some good coaching. The Giants have been looking to develop a QB for some time (see Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar). Coleman has the arm, and, from reports, the mental capacity, to become a good QB. He really needs time and seasoning. The skill set is there. Has the arm, for sure. Needs to improve his decision making, get used to NFL defenses. But talent is there. Do the Giants take a 4th round flier on him? I think its past time they do. Coleman seems like a guy that can be developed; most of his issues can be corrected. Coleman can be brought along slowly, and then turn into a solid backup. Best case scenario, he turns into Matt Flynn, someone who backups but can be used as an asset (which the Packers didn’t do, they should’ve franchised him, some QB needy team would’ve ponied up). Worst case, he’s a career number 2, but that’s something you need. Can’t hurt.



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14 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: BJ Coleman”

  1. Bob says:

    When looking at BJ’s stats last season, one must look at the O LINE in front of him. Often having three freshmen and two sophmores BJ was not even having time to set up. Teams were blitzing and BJ was a target back there.

  2. New york Giants Take him new Backup Bj Coleman 4th Round pick
    Keep Team better wish for Fans happy today march 22 2012
    i will said god love you wish good luck to you

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