Falcons nab Tevin Coleman in 3rd round

The Falcons needed a running back after the release of Steven Jackson. Tevin Coleman will get the chance.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman became Atlanta's third round draft pick, selected with the 73rd overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Atlanta was desperate for a running back with only Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith on the roster at the position. Freeman had 248 rushing yards last season, while Smith had 144 yards.

The Falcons had the ninth-worst rushing attack in the NFL last season, as they averaged only 93.6 yards per game. That was an improvement over the 2013 season, when Atlanta had the worst rushing game in the league with only 77.9 yards per game.

Coleman rushed for 2036 yards in his junior season for the Hoosiers. He had 307 rushing yards at Rutgers and 228 rushing yards at Ohio State toward the end of the season.

For his solid season, Coleman was a first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten. He was just the third player in Big 10 history with 2.000 rushing yards in a single season (Larry Johnson and Melvin Gordon).

At his Pro Day, Coleman was timed at 4.4 and 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. He's 5-11 and weighs 206 pounds.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com had reported earlier Friday that one club tried to trade into the late first round to select Coleman, but the deal was not completed. ESPN's Mel Kiper predicted the Falcons would take Coleman in the second round in his mock draft.

Click here for Scout.com's complete report on Coleman.


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