Corey Coleman has been a fringe roster player and the Cleveland Browns finally had enough of playing the waiting game.
If Corey Coleman was able to first be healthy on the field and secondly provide respectable production, then maybe his NFL career would be promising right now. Neither, unfortunately, has had happened since joining the NFL as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
As Cleveland gets deeper into their training camp sessions, the organization knew already that Coleman was someone who needed to step up. Although he had a couple of decent days of camp, Coleman also has been hampered already by injury thus leading to missed time in camp.
Late Sunday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cleveland dealt Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick.
The draft pick turns out to be a late-round selection per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Coleman was the first pick during the Sashi Brown era. While Brown did a commendable job of stripping talent from the roster, he had no clue of actually building one. By moving on from Carson Wentz, who went to the Philadelphia Eagles via a trade down, he selected Coleman with the 15th pick.
No one envisioned the struggles Coleman had to start his career when Brown traded down to take him. However, given the circumstances under which Cleveland made the deal to trade down, it is humiliating. It is safe to say Coleman is a bust of a draft selection and Cleveland’s selection process also left a lot to be desired.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller broke down the Browns’ draft picks following that trade:
It is not that Coleman cannot play. Coleman is not a WR1 but he does display talent. The problems, however, were not all his fault as some to an extent were out of his control. Coleman played in just 19 games in two seasons for the Browns. Due to his inability to stay healthy and make plays consistently, Coleman put up just 56 receptions for 718 yards and 5 touchdowns.
If Coleman was viewed as the third or fourth wideout, the perception of his Cleveland tenure would have been seen differently. Since he was expected to be a top wideout, however, that is not the case.
Rather than hoping for the best with Coleman, John Dorsey decided to move on from him now rather than seeing another year of possibly similar results. With Coleman off to Buffalo, Dorsey fixes one of his team’s draft choices decisions. Cleveland should have drafted Wentz and even if they didn’t and still traded down, there were better options they should have went with.
So what now? Dez Bryant could be a more logical choice to join Cleveland now but he would have had a role even if the Browns kept Coleman. A bigger role for Antonio Callaway and maybe Rashard Higgins should be seen.