Auburn, Ala.--Sammie Coates isn’t certain about what is going to happen in this week’s NFL Draft, but the former Auburn wide receiver is certain about one thing regarding the three-day event. “I can’t wait for it to get here,” he said.
Coates decided not to return to his college football team as a fifth-year senior after catching 34 passes for 741 yards and four touchdowns last season. A second team All-SEC selection in 2014, he caught passes in his last 19 games for the Tigers and finished with 82 catches for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons.
The most impressive statistic for Coates is his career average of 21.4 yards per reception.
Coates, who measured 6-1 7/8, 212 pounds at his Auburn pro day, didn’t test at that event in March, opting to go with his NFL Combine numbers that included a 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds.
Coates did do a workout for the NFL scouts when they were at Auburn for the pro day. “I was pleased with how that went,” he said. “I thought I had a great performance and that was all I needed.”
Generally expected to be a second or third round pick on day two of the draft that will be held on Friday, Coates was asked if he is nervous about the event, “Actually, I am enjoying the process, but I am ready for it to get here,” he said.
Sammie Coates is shown in action during the 2014 season.
The wide receiver, who has already earned his Auburn degree, has been working out at Auburn, but is planning to watch the draft with his family in Leroy, where he was a three-sport star in high school.
“I am just working out and relaxing, trying to take care of my body the best I can,” he said, noting he has talked to NFL teams but doesn’t have any good clues on which one will draft him.
“I really don’t know, but whoever it is I will give it my best,” said Coates, who grew up a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Whatever happens with pro football, Coates points out that his collegiate experience at Auburn worked out well. “I am so happy that I earned my degree,” he said.
He also points out that playing for Coach Gus Malzahn’s team was a good experience. “His passion for the game is what stands out about Coach Malzahn,” Coates said. “He loves all of us like his own. He coaches with a passion that you have never seen before. He is all about getting stuff right.”