While Josh Gordon awaits reinstatement, the Cleveland Browns are looking at another Baylor wide receiver.
The Browns hosted wideout Corey Coleman for a formal pre-draft visit on Monday.
Source says #Browns visited today with Memphis QB Paxton Lynch & Baylor WR Corey Coleman. Team won't confirm pre-draft visits.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) March 28, 2016
Pro Football Talk also reported the news. It's team policy not to confirm any meetings.
A 5'11, 194 product, Coleman ran a blazing-fast 4.37 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. A vaunted deep threat during his 3-year Baylor career, Coleman notched 3,009 receiving yards, 33 touchdowns, and a 17.4 yards per catch. Coleman recorded 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns alone in 2015, receiving All-American honors.
Thought of as one of the best in a thin wide receiver draft class, Coleman will likely come off the board late in the first or early in the second round. Ranked behind Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, and Will Fuller, Coleman has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, as he told Max Olson of ESPN.com during his pro day.
Some have voiced concerns that Coleman's success occurred in a non-pro style offense at Baylor. Coleman doesn't think it's an issue, as he told Olson.
"I explained it to them. I think I did a pretty good job," Coleman said. "I learned everything I need to learn. If you’re a receiver and you don’t know how to run routes at this level, I don’t know what to tell you. I think I proved to them that I can run NFL routes."
Besides his speed and athleticism at wideout, Coleman offers extra value as a return man.
The Browns could certainly use a wideout, especially with the thin state of the wide receiver corps. Will the team take a chance on Coleman at #32 or beyond?