BEREA--The Browns finally made a pick after trading down twice in the first round and took wide receiver Corey Coleman with the 15th pick in the first round. Many experts figured the Browns would take a wide receiver but many had Mississippi wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell or Texas Christian wide receiver Josh Doctson rated higher.
“We’re really excited to be here to introduce our first draft pick before he’s able to arrive on campus," Sashi Brown said. "(WR) Corey Coleman is a guy that we identified very early, obviously a tremendously productive, dynamic playmaker. We’re tremendously excited to have executed our plan coming into the draft and really throughout the offseason. We probably bounced around a little bit more than maybe our fans wanted us to, but we positioned ourselves to pick up what was our top-rated wide receiver but also position ourselves to pick a couple of additional players this weekend.
"We’re really excited to add a dynamic player to our offense," Brown said. "It is something that we haven’t had in the past year or recent years, with Corey’s speed, tenacity and ability to turn small plays into long plays. We’re really excited to bring him here and make him a Cleveland Brown.”
Coleman is a 4.35 speedster but is smaller in stature at 5-11,190 but he scored 20 touchdowns at Baylor last year. In contrast, the Browns wide receivers scored a total of just eight with five from Travis Benjamin, two from Brian Hartline and one from Marlon Moore.
"I am really physical," Coleman said. "Everybody thinks I'm around 6-3."
"He's special with the football in his hands," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said.
Coleman is a two-time All-American and the 2015 Biletnikoff Award winner as the top receiver in college football. Coleman had 74 receptions for 1363 yards (18.4 average). He ranked third in nation with 113.6 yards a game receiving.
"I am ready to roll," Coleman said on a conference call."I can play outside, inside receiver, punt returns, kick returns. I can do a lot of things to help the team out.
"I feel I can do a little bit of everything and that helps me out a lot."