Justin Coleman Excels at the Combine

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    Justin Coleman-1Former Tennessee cornerback Justin Coleman went through drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday, and put up some impressive numbers

    Coleman is viewed by many as a fringe NFL Draft prospect – likely trying to fight his way into the later rounds at this point. His numbers, which included top-5 DB performances in the bench, 3-cone drill, broad jump and vertical leap, should certainly help his cause.

    He started 34 game at Tennessee as an outside cornerback and nickelback. The Brunswick, Ga., native recorded 157 career tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 17 PBUs and five interceptions – with four of the picks coming during his senior season.

    Coleman is the only former Vol participating this year after linebacker A.J. Johnson had his invitation rescinded after recently being indicted on rape charges.

    NFL.com has this overall assessment of Coleman’s professional future:

    “Plays with energy and confidence and is a good finisher in run support. Has desired instincts and awareness in coverage, but lacks athleticism to match up against quicker targets in man coverage. Could be tough to cut based on toughness and ability to play on special teams.”

    Here are his official results from Indy:

    Size: 5-11, 185 pounds
    Arm length: 31 1/4″
    Hands: 9 3/8″
    Best 40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds (official)
    Bench reps (225 pounds): 20 (3rd among DBs)
    Vertical: 37.5 inches
    Broad jump: 124 inches
    3-cone drill: 6.61 seconds (best at the combine by a DB since 2011; best overall at the combine this year)
    20-yard shuttle: 3.98 seconds (5th among DBs)
    60-yard shuttle: 11.21 seconds (3rd among DBs)