I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility that one of the draft's top playmakers in Corey Coleman could be under consideration by the Bucs. Picking with the 9th pick, if the top 6 non-QBs (Laremy Tunsil, Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Ronnie Stanley, Myles Jack) are already off the board, the Bucs will have to make an outside-the-box type of pick if they can't trade down. That player could end up being Baylor WR Corey Coleman.
Coleman has top end speed with ability to play outside or in the slot. At his recent pro day, Coleman answered the speed question by running in the 4.3's in the 40 yard dash.
Would the Bucs take their 2nd receiver in the top 10 picks for the 2nd time in 3 years? Well, if Coleman is truly better than Mike Evans, as NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah says, they might just have to consider it.
We all know the Bucs have needs on defense, but the bigger need for the organization is to continue drafting players that will turn the Buccaneers into a legit contender. The Buccaneers should not be limited to one side of the ball when drafting and eliminate 50% of the players to choose from.
When you have a young franchise quarterback entering his 2nd season, it's ok to consider adding more pieces around him. The Buccaneers put Jameis Winston in an unfair disadvantage during his rookie season. By not addressing the lack of depth at wide receiver last off-season, a couple of injuries led to Winston having to rely on names like Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries to keep the Bucs offense clicking on all cylinders.
As Vincent Jackson enters another season in his long career, nagging injuries could persist with Jackson on the wrong side of 30. If Jackson misses any games with how the current roster is constructed, Winston would be leaning on Louis Murphy (coming off ACL surgery), Kenny Bell (unproven after missing all of 2015), and the aforementioned names of Dye and Humphries. Coleman could not only fill that role, but also provide a legit threat for the Bucs in 3-WR sets.
Drafting Coleman is likely a long shot. We all know that the defensive side will have the full attention of the top decision makers. However, if Corey Coleman can take the Bucs young defense to another level with his speed and playmaking ability, he should definitely be under consideration in the 1st round for the Bucs.
Here are Daniel Jeremiah's top 10 WRs entering the draft since 2013:
1. Kevin White, West Virginia (2015 draft)
2. Amari Cooper, Alabama (2015 draft)
3. Sammy Watkins, Clemson (2014 draft)
4. DeVante Parker, Louisville (2015 draft)
5. Corey Coleman, Baylor (2016 draft)
6. Mike Evans, Texas A&M (2014 draft)
7. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (2016 draft)
8. Tavon Austin, West Virginia (2013 draft)
9. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (2014 draft)
10. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (2013 draft)
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