With the 2017 NFL Draft soon approaching, we take a look at a speedy playmaker that called ‘The U’ home, wide receiver Stacy Coley
When it comes to the University of Miami, everything is about speed, confidence, and swagger. When it comes to wide receiver Stacy Coley, his game is best described by those three aspects.
Coley spent four years at the University of Miami and earned All-ACC in three of his four seasons. His collegiate career was filled with big plays and also laced with multiple injuries. However, the Miami native still was able to head-shaking moments. Coming out of Northeast High School in 2013, Coley was highly recruited by a ton of schools ranging from LSU to Clemson to Oklahoma.
However, choosing the University of Miami guided him here to this present day. Coley will now turn his sights to the big leagues. For a guy with plenty of speed and playmaking ability, a place for him in the league is certainly there. Let’s pick apart the game of the former Miami Hurricane.
Weight: 195 lbs
Strengths: Possesses a game dictated off pure speed….Averaged a career-best 17.9 yards per catch during his freshman season of 2013…..Totaled at least seven touchdown receptions in three of his four collegiate seasons….Able to make the needed adjustment on off-target throws…..Has the speed to separate from defenders during his routes…..Can elude defenders in the open field with his shiftiness…..A threat to score every time the ball is in his hands…..Solid, reliable hands….Showcases nice vision to spot running lanes….Able to accelerate with his threatening speed.
Weaknesses: A frail frame that may make teams uncomfortable…..A considerable list of injuries throughout his career…..Route-running needs to improve and become sharper…..Strength needs improvement…..Has not shown consistent ability to beat press-man coverage….Has had his work ethic questioned.
Bottom Line: Coley entered the Miami program with plenty of appeal and the expectations. While he did not necessarily exceed those expectations, what he did do was prove that his a legit playmaker. Getting Coley in the open field can lead to a significant gain or a possible score. Although his size is a big question mark, his potential is not. Expect to see teams implement Coley into the slot at the next level. A spot where his speed can be on full display.
His injury history is troublesome. Teams will likely shy away from him simply because of that reason alone. However, Coley can bring a nice element to an offense. He will eventually be a key weapon for a team. The mid-rounds of the Draft seem to be the ultimate destination for Coley.