Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which we will highlight a collection of prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft, beginning April 30.
Auburn, Wide Receiver
Height: 6' 1 3/8"
Weight: 212 pounds
Hands: 9 3/8"
Arms: 33 3/8"
Wing Span: 78 3/4"
Bench Press Reps: 23
Vertical Jump: 41"
Broad Jump: 10' 11"
Positives: Complete weapon with great speed that can be utilized to move the ball downfield in a variety of ways. Burner that can work the boundary and beat teams deep. Has a long and broad enough frame to also be a threat in the middle of the field, as well as in the red zone. Athletic runner with great run-after-catch ability. Makes acrobatic catches, showing a willingness to lay out for it. Good timing and extension going up for the football. Uses his size well to shield defenders and control the catch zone. Awfully physical style for an offensive skill player.
Negatives: Most troubling detriment to his game is his wildly inconsistent hands and lack of focus during games. Trivial prospect in that he’ll drop the simplest pass after reeling in a tough ball. Vanishes from games. A lot of missed opportunities; Coates will get free and drop an on-target pass (either bouncing off his hands or going right through them).
Raiders Insider Scott Bair's Take: Another solid option for the Raiders if he reaches the second round.
NFL comparison: Torrey Smith (49ers WR)
Stats courtesy NFL media services
Positives/negatives courtesy NFL.com