Auburn’s Sammie Coates
— Coates started 20-of-38 games at Auburn – 13 at split end and seven at slot receiver.
— Caught 82-of-168 targeted passes (48.52%) for 1,757 yards (21.43 ypc) and 13 touchdowns for his career.
— Coates’ average of 21.43 yards per reception ranks second in school history, topped by Alexander Wright (56 for 1,320 yards, a 23.57-yard average; 1986-89)…His 1,757 yards receiving and 13 touchdown catches are both good for tenth on the Auburn all-time record sheets.
— In 2014, he appeared in 12 games, starting seven contests, as he missed most of the season opener vs. Arkansas and sat out the next week vs. San Jose State due to a left leg contusion. Still managed to finish third on the team, as he caught 34-of-79 balls targeted to him (43.04%) for 741 yards, as his average of 21.79 yards per catch ranked third in the nation. Recorded four touchdowns, 24 first downs and converted 6-of-20 third-down tosses…Dropped two throws and had 13 others deflected away from him by the opposition
— Coates came up big in big games. He tallied 144 yards behind four catches that included a 56-yard touchdown vs. LSU. ... Collected five tosses for 122 yards and a 57-yard score vs. Mississippi. ... Delivered an Iron Bowl-record 206 yards on five catches that included touchdowns of 34 and 68 yards vs. Alabama.
— A member of the SEC Community Service team, the American Football Coaches Association Good Works team nominee and Wuerffel Trophy nominee graduated in December.
Testing at the Combine
Coates measured in at 6-foot-1 3/8 and weighed 212 pounds. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds with a 41-inch vertical leap.
What He Said at the Combine
“Being a receiver, you work on running routes, and I've always been doing that — we just didn't have the plays always called. I've been running routes since I've been there, it's just the fact that I haven't showcased them on film because it wasn't my role in the offense.”
It is safe to say that there might not be a better deep threat in the college game than this Tigers’ split end. With a running back impersonating a quarterback in Nick Marshall, Coates made the most of his reception opportunities. He can get deep and separate thanks to his speed/burst and shows urgency to get open on short routes, doing a very good job of setting up the cornerback with his head fakes and change of direction agility. He is fearless in a crowd and will make proper body adjustments along with good timing elevating for jump balls. He is used mostly on routes over the top because he has more than ample speed to challenge deep. He’s on the bubble as a first-round choice.
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