Cleveland Browns: Is Corey Coleman Worth Drafting Early?

Jun 7, 2016; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) runs a drill during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2016; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) runs a drill during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman will be relied on from the start this season, but does that translate to him being worth of an early pick in fantasy?

Although Corey Coleman has yet to play a meaningful down in the NFL, it is clear that the Cleveland Browns has another play-maker to build the offense with. Tight end Gary Barnidge played very well last season, but he cannot carry the offense.

Had wide receiver Josh Gordon been able to stay on the field the past couple of seasons, fans could have a whole different impression of Cleveland’s offense. Gordon still has to miss time in 2016, but eventually their offense could have players performing at a high level on a regular basis at key positions.

Coleman, Cleveland’s first round pick in the 2016 draft, can contribute in a number of ways. He is a very fast individual who has succeeded in the return game. On offense, Coleman has an adjustment(s) to make with the variety of routes he will have to run.

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However, it is not like Coleman will be taboo to those routes. Yes, at Baylor University he only ran at most three routes, but high school was much different. The number of routes and roles he had in high school were much more than in college.

The only players outside of Coleman who could give opposing defenses trouble are Barnidge and running back Duke Johnson. The Cleveland Browns finally has size at the wide receiver position, but there are still a few very small wideouts who will not make the necessary positive impact a team needs.

Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson may be able to change that when he helps with the Cleveland Browns wide receivers in camp. Still, those smaller heights are not what Cleveland needs. Unfortunately, Cleveland’s rookie wide receivers will be thrown into the fire because of that. 

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Even after Gordon gets back, Coleman will still be looked for on a consistent basis. No, Coleman is not New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, or any of those other top wide receivers. On the other hand, he is a special player with plenty of promise and potential, who one day could get to their level.

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Going into fantasy drafts, no one is going to build their teams around Coleman. Given the talent at his position, there is no need to draft him early especially if you look back at the what the Cleveland Browns have on offense.

We will have to wait and see how Robert Griffin III plays first at quarterback for the Browns. Then, the focus is going to go to Barndige and Johnson. Gordon is a wild card because of his past, but when he gets back, more opportunities will open for Coleman.

Coleman is not going to help carry a team in fantasy until at least three or four seasons from now. That said, Coleman will be a nice complementary piece. Whether he is helping out with the Cleveland Browns special teams or is catching passes anywhere on the field, the stats will follow.

Who knows, maybe Coleman is also used in trick plays, reverses, etc. at various moments in games. Regardless of whether Coleman is selected in a PPR (point per reception) or in a standard league, Coleman should be a great benefit to teams.

In a standard league, I would be comfortable right now selecting Coleman around the seventh round. On the other hand, in a PPR league, I could see him going as early as the fourth round.

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His value will likely change a little bit once the Cleveland Browns preseason starts. Unless Coleman’s play drops/improves considerably expect that to be his ballpark in drafts.