No one really expects Tevin Coleman to hear his name called tonight in the first round of the annual NFL Draft.
But Friday will be a completely different story. Most of the NFL Mock Drafts are projecting that the former Indiana tailback will be drafted on Friday in either the second or third round of the draft.
And that’s a pretty impressive feat.
This is an athlete that had a lot of offers coming out of high school but few believed he would be a player capable of rushing for more than 2,000 yards in a college football season.
He was good, no doubt about that but no one looked at him as being elite good. He wasn’t one of the top 10 players coming out of the state of Illinois his senior year in high school.
But Coleman is the poster boy for what hard work – both in terms of weight lifting and film study – can do for a player. He took both very seriously and that time and dedication paid off.
He leaves Indiana after just three seasons of eligibility as the single season school record holder for rushing yards. That’s pretty impressive considering players like Anthony Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar are on that list below him.
The most impressive thing that Coleman was able to do in my opinion was that even when the Hoosiers were completely one-dimensional with Zander Diamont as the quarterback the last six games and everyone knowing that the ball was going to Coleman, the junior tailback just kept making people miss. He gained 1,300 yards in the Big Ten alone.
And that’s the thing that stands out to me. I believe most people felt that after Nate Sudfeld went down with the injury that opponents would simply stack the line and take Coleman away. But try as they might, they couldn’t do it.
So who knows where Coleman ends up? It could be a team like Dallas or Detroit or even Arizona. Some have mentioned the Colts. But wherever he ends up, that team is getting a player who could ultimately be one of the sleepers in this draft.
Chances are we won’t find out until Friday but there will be a lot of interested IU fans when his team is ultimately called.