Two-Deep Analysis: WR Brandon Coleman

With spring camp over, is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at wide receiver Brandon Coleman.

Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman broke out as a sophomore with his mix of size and speed contributing to dozens of big plays for an inconsistent offense.

With 60 career catches for 1,270 yards and 16 touchdowns, he is the leader on the active roster in all three categories. Already tied for fourth in school history in touchdowns, Coleman enters training camp as the Rutgers player with the most buzz on the national scale. He already has the attention of NFL draft scouts and analysts.

Spring Performance -- Coleman played no on-field role in the spring after a postseason leg injury. Recovering on crutches, Coleman worked with younger receivers in the film role but did not play or practice.

Expected 2013 Role -- Look for Coleman to start and be the top receiver option for quarterback Gary Nova. A starter alongside Mark Harrison during his redshirt sophomore year, Coleman steps into the solo spotlight in 2013 but needs to play well in camp after missing the spring entirely.

Scouting Report -- A wombo combo of size and speed, Coleman presents a nightmare for college cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. A legitimate 6-foot-6 athlete with 4.4 speed, Coleman represents much of what top NFL receivers can bring to the table. Coleman can be successful in most routes, has great footwork as a former basketball player and brings length along with his height.

Coleman his deceptively fast with good form in running routes, but ball skills have held him back from being one of the top receivers in college football. Coleman needs refinement in the red zone and does not catch the ball at its highest point and his hands are not as soft as they need to be. For Coleman to become the next 1,000-yard receiver at Rutgers or emerge as a better scoring option, technique and consistency have to improve inside the 20.

The Bottom Line -- Even if Coleman leaves a year early, he could do so as the best receiver in school history and a major record breaker. Most season and career receiver records are in jeopardy with Coleman and Nova going into their junior years.

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