NFL Draft PREVIEW: DeAndre Coleman

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Defensive Tackle/Nose Guard
University of California Golden Bears
Seattle, Washington
Garfield High School

Rounds 2-3
Graded out at 5.52: "Chance to become NFL starter"

Coleman is an imposing-looking figure with experience at every defensive line position, but he came into his own when he shifted from strong-side defensive end to the much more demanding nose guard spot last season. Many talent evaluators felt that Coleman would emerge in 2013 with the position change and he proved them right, with his ability to handle multiple blockers, yet still lead the team in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

There aren't many people with a more fitting nickname than Coleman's, aptly called "Biggie" by coaches, teammates and family members, and the moniker fits him in many ways, as he boasts a colossal frame. Though he's often reserved, he flashes a giant smile when humored. Ask anyone around the Bears' program, and they will tell you Coleman has an enormous passion for football. "His potential is huge," said an NFL scout who attended a recent practice.

Coleman has plenty of positive oversized characteristics. There is, however, an unfortunate one, too: His football career has been plagued with an abundance of big losses. "It's always been stressful," said Coleman, who has lost 72 career football games, including a 2-34 record at Garfield High in Seattle. "I just try to stay positive through everything. That's all I can really do."

Growing up in Seattle, all Coleman wanted to do was play football. He begged his mother to let him play, and she eventually approved when he reached high school. He made Garfield's varsity team as a freshman, and after his sophomore year, scholarship offers began piling up. Louisiana State, Oregon and several others attempted to lure Coleman, but Washington and Cal were the finalists. "At first I committed to Washington," he said. "But then I took my visit to Cal and fell in love with it."

Tabbed the top player in the Northwest by the Tacoma News-Tribune and the only player from the state of Washington to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Coleman earned Parade Magazine All-American and first-team All-State honors as a 2008 senior when he recorded 46 tackles to go along with 2.0 sacks and a fumble recovery.

As a junior, Coleman registered 45 tackles and two forced fumbles for Garfield High. He received a three-star prospect grade according to and was chosen a CBS College Sports Super Prospect and a Prep Star Dream Team player. The two-way lineman added Super Prep All-Region honors, as that service rated him the second-best player overall from Washington.

After redshirting at the University of California in 2009, it didn't take long for Coleman to get onto the field for the Bears. He played in all twelve games in 2010, and he recorded at least one tackle in eleven of those contests, finishing with eighteen stops that included three behind the line of scrimmage.

As a sophomore, he started twice at strong-side defensive end, posting nineteen tackles, two sacks and six stops-for-loss through thirteen contests. He took over strong-side end chores as a junior, collecting a career-high 48 tackles that included three sacks and a team-high 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Moving to nose guard in 2013, the All-Pac 12 Conference second-team selection was in on 40 tackles, including a team-best nine for losses of 27 yards. He also added 2.5 sacks and both of his quarterback pressures resulted in interceptions. He capitalized on a banner final campaign to receive an invitation to join the nation's elite as a member of the 2014 Senior Bowl roster.

During the week of practices in Mobile, Coleman enjoyed a solid performance, repeatedly pushing through the offensive centers to wreak havoc in the backfield. He showed teams that he is powerful and surprisingly athletic, along with being position and scheme versatile. He is a tall, long-armed defensive line prospect who possesses a great-looking frame and the physical makeup to get even bigger.

Playing for three different defensive coordinators, Coleman is still a raw talent at this stage, but he still has a lot of upside to his game. He showcases a consistent pad level when asked to sit into his stance, and he has the ability to keep his base low, demonstrating the ability to fire low off the ball, as this prevents him from getting upright into contact.

When Coleman maintains proper pad level, he can extend his arms and gain leverage on contact, generating very good initial power when asked to anchor. With his long reach and big hands, he works hard to prevent defenders from getting under his frame and he can be very difficult to drive off the line, as he does a good job collecting himself, extending his arms and using his length to free himself and make a play on the football.

Coleman displays above average instincts and read and react ability inside and has the athletic skill set to make plays off his frame when need be. He is at his best using his violent club on the outside to slip a blocker off the line and closes quickly in pursuit. However, he is much more natural keeping himself clean than disengaging with his hands through contact. He is not a real gifted pass rusher at this stage, but exhibits a good first step, is routinely one of the first linemen off the ball and can threaten gaps inside.

"You have to be a very tough football player to do that," former defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks said. "He's like a marathon runner, like Lou Gehrig. Mental toughness and physical toughness, he has both of those."

"I think Deandre certainly has an opportunity to play at the next level," Dykes said. "He has the physical capabilities to do it, but I think a lot of that will depend on where he goes and how he fits." Finding a fit has been difficult for Coleman, who has played a variety of positions for three different defensive coordinators in college. According to another NFL scout, once Coleman can find the position he is most comfortable with, "the sky is the limit" for his professional future.

Though it has been difficult for Coleman to adjust to different schemes, he knows he will have a chance to find the right position after Cal. He also knows he will have a chance to win more games. "It's something I can look forward to," he said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL." Coleman has one class left in the spring and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in social welfare before likely starting an offseason program with an NFL team.

Coleman has started 25-of-49 games at California – thirteen at strong-side defensive end and twelve at nose guard…Finished with 125 tackles (64 solos) that includes 7.5 sacks for minus 39 yards, 26.5 stops for losses of 89 yards and four quarterback pressures…Also deflected three passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.

A second-team All-Pac 12 Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report, Coleman started all twelve games at nose guard, recording forty tacklers (21 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus four yards, nine stops for losses of 27 yards and two quarterback pressures, as he also deflected one pass…The team captain posted a career-high-tying and team-high eight tackles and one stop for loss (season-high -9 yards) at Oregon…Registered a season-high and team season-high-tying two tackles for loss (-6 yards) at Washington…Added four tackles each vs. Northwestern and Oregon State, as well as at Washington and Stanford, while adding three each at UCLA and vs. Arizona, and two each on five occasions (vs. Ohio State, Portland State, Ohio State, Washington State, USC, at Colorado)…Had at least an assisted tackles for loss eight times, including a season-high and team season-high-tying two (-6 yards) vs. Washington and at least one in five straight games (Portland State, Ohio State, Oregon, Washington State, UCLA) with 1.5 vs. the Huskies and one in the other four contests…Recorded Cal's first safety since 2008 vs. Washington State with the points being credited to the team…Picked up a pair of two-yard sacks at UCLA and Washington, as well as a half sack vs. Portland State...Added quarterback hurries came vs. Oregon State and at Colorado, while his pass breakup was at Washington.

A candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award given annually to the top lineman on either side of the ball or linebacker, the Ted Hendricks Award presented to the nation's top defensive end and the Willis Award given to the nation's top defensive lineman, Coleman started eleven games at strong-side defensive end, recording a career-high 48 tackles (20 solos) with three sacks for minus 20 yards, two quarterback pressures and a team-best 8.5 stops for losses of 32 yards…Recovered one fumble and deflected a pass…Had eight tackles in the season opener vs. Nevada and also vs. Arizona State, adding a stop for loss (-1 yard) and one quarterback hurry vs. the Sun Devils and an assisted stop for loss (-1 yard) vs. the Wolf Pack…Had seven tackles, 1.5 stops for loss (-10 yards) and a sack (-8 yards) vs. Southern Utah…Picked up five tackles at Utah and at Oregon State, with a career-high-tying three stops for loss (career-high -15 yards) and a sack (-10 yards) vs. the Beavers, while he had an assisted stop for loss (-1 yard) at Utah…Posted four tackles vs. Stanford and Oregon, adding an assisted stop for loss (-1 yard), 0.5 sacks (-1 yard) and a fumble recovery vs. the Cardinal while adding a quarterback hurry vs. the Ducks…Had three tackles, an assisted stop for loss and one pass breakup at Southern California.

Coleman played in all thirteen games and made the first two starts of his career in two of the three final regular-season games vs. Oregon State and at Arizona State as a strong-side defensive end…Finished with nineteen tackles (13 solos), two sacks for minus 15 yards and six stops for losses totaling 23 yards…Had a season-high six tackles in the regular-season finale at Arizona State…Made four tackles including three for loss (-8 yards) and a sack (-4 yards) vs. Presbyterian…Added three tackles and a stop for loss both at Oregon (-3 yards) and vs. Oregon State (-1 yard)…Had the biggest sack of his career with an 11-yarder vs. Texas in the Holiday Bowl.

Coleman appeared in twelve games as a reserve defensive end, registering eighteen tackles (10 solos) with three stops for losses of seven yards and a pass deflection.

Coleman red-shirted as a freshman.

2013 Season…Could not complete agility tests at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine after suffering a right knee sprain during his first 40-yard dash heat.

5.06 in the 40-yard dash…1.73 10-yard dash…2.89 20-yard dash…5.10 20-yard shuttle… 7.71 three-cone drill…25 ½-inch vertical jump…8'07" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times…34 3/8-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…82 1/8-inch wingspan.

Coleman attended Garfield (Seattle, Wash.) High School, where he was tabbed the top player in the Northwest by the Tacoma News-Tribune and the only player from the state of Washington to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Earned Parade Magazine All-American and first-team All-State honors as a 2008 senior when he recorded 46 tackles to go along with 2.0 sacks and a fumble recovery…As a junior, Coleman made 45 tackles and two forced fumbles… Received a three-star prospect grade according to and was chosen a CBS College Sports Super Prospect and a Prep Star Dream Team player…The two-way lineman added Super Prep All-Region honors as Super Prep rated him the second-best player overall from Washington.

Coleman is majoring in Social Welfare…Son of Deborah V. Coleman and Randy Washington…Born Deandre Lamar Coleman on 1/27/91…Resides in Seattle, Washington.

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