Auburn, Ala.--Checking in at 6-2, 213 pounds at the NFL Combine, Sammie Coates is one of the most physically impressive wide receivers heading into the pro draft this season after running times of 4.43 and 4.45 seconds in Indianapolis last month.
Pro football teams are looking for more than just size and speed out of Coates, however, making Tuesday’s pro day at Auburn one of the most important workouts for the speedster as he continues his push towards being a high selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Not needing to impress any with his physical skills, Coates will just go through the position drills on Tuesday. With scouts hoping to see consistency catching the football and in his route running, the Leroy native says he is planning to enjoy his final chance to be around his Auburn teammates while trying to improve his draft stock.
“It’s going to be special to be around my old teammates one more time to test together and show what we can really do,” Coates said. “It’s going to be fun to be around them again.”
The pressure on Tuesday will be there, but it’s going to be much different than what he experienced at the combine. From the testing to the meetings to the constant eyes being on you and everything you do, Coates said it was a hectic time for him, but he wouldn’t change it for anything.
“It was a good experience for me just being around all the coaches, just being in that atmosphere,” he pointed out. “It’s one of those things that shows how you are going to do under pressure, how you are going to be with all of the demands on your time. I did good and had a great time up there. I learned a lot.”
Coates had a monster game against Alabama with five catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns
Coates leaves Auburn as one of the most popular wide receivers to ever suit up for the Tigers because of his exploits on and of the field. Finishing his career 10th in career receiving yardage (1,757 yards) with seven career 100-yard games and 13 career touchdowns, he is now ready for the challenge of the NFL.
While he hopes to have a long and successful career professionally, Coates said for him there is no pressure because he has already accomplished one huge goal and this is just the next step in the journey.
“It’s fun for me because I have already graduated,” Coates said of this process. “I have got my degree. I don’t have anything to worry about except doing what I love to do, playing football. I get to work at this every day without nothing else to bother me. I’m enjoying it. It’s fun.”