Falcons show interest in Coffman

He wore the number 45 at Missouri and he took a backseat to the likes of Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin, but no tight end over the past few seasons has been as productive as Chase Coffman and one of the teams that showed plenty of interest at the combine is the Atlanta Falcons who Scout.com's Ed Thompson reports had a formal interview with the pass-catching tight end while they were in Indy...

Coffman isn't a great athlete and at this point he's a suspect blocker at best, but what he can add as a receiver to a system is where his value lies.

"The number of catches I made gave me a huge advantage over other tight ends who were not in the spread offense because we threw the ball and spread it out and did some things they don't do," Coffman said. "It helped me, it got my name out there, it helped the University of Missouri tremendously."

Coffman's 90 receptions for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns in the spread offense are eye-popping numbers but everything comes back to his abilities as an in-line blocker and he's aware of that.

"I haven't (blocked) that much, being in the spread offense at Missouri, but I think I'll get the hang of it real soon, once I start practicing it more and more," Coffman admitted to the media at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "(Teams) are definitely wondering about it. A lot of them have seen me on film doing open-field blocking and see that can possibly transition well to being aggressive and blocking on the line of scrimmage."

"Very rarely did (the Missouri tight ends) get in a three-point stance, but I'm definitely willing to learn, willing to do whatever it takes to be the best in-line blocker down with my hand in the dirt, doing whatever I can.

"I wouldn't necessary say it hurts me, but it leaves the scouts or whoever is watching film possibly wondering, until I show them or they see I'm willing to learn and do whatever it takes to get into that position and be the best I can, the spread definitely leaves some questions."

There is no denying that Coffman has the receiving skills to be a real threat in the short and medium zones. However, he's not overly athletic and he doesn't have the speed necessary to seperate from linebackers and safeties.

He's also going to struggle being an in-line blocker, but at the next level he may have a chance to play an H-Back role in the right offense and be effective as a third-down option in the passing game.

Coffman's pro day will be March 19th and it's safe to say that the Falcons are likely to be one of the many schools in attendance.

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