June 13, 2024

Devy Digest: #4 Keon Coleman

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Oct 14, 2023; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) avoids a tackle by Syracuse Orange linebacker Kadin Bailey (45) during the first quarter at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Keon Coleman

Florida State Seminoles
Position: Wide Receiver
6’4″ 216 lbs
Age: 20
Draft Eligible: 2024
Devy Digest WR Rank: 14
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Who is Keon Coleman?


Keon Coleman was a 4* in the composites and attended Opelousas Catholic School, which is a smaller program in Louisiana. Coleman was a 3 sport athlete and held offers in football and basketball. Coleman also competed in Track And Field. Coleman was a two-way player on the gridiron as he was a Wide Receiver and a Cornerback. Among the many offers were Georgia, USC, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, TCU, Michigan State, and Tulane. Coleman initially committed to Kansas, only to reopen his recruitment, and settled on Michigan State. Coleman would later enter the portal after a standout game against Michigan that brought more eyes to him and would end up transferring to Florida State where he has blossomed.

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Rest of Season Outlook


Florida State is attempting to make the College Football Playoffs and Keon Coleman is doing his best to make sure that happens. He’s been a playmaker weekly as a Receiver and in the return game. He’s been able to showcase his talents with Johnny Wilson on the other side and without him, which shows the talent of the individual and not the circumstances that is propping him up. Trey Benson whom a lot of people thought highly of, has struggled throughout much of the season, and they’ve relied on the pass game to get them going and Coleman has been the beneficiary of that, he should continue to make plays and continue to add to his film and make a strong case to be the WR3 of the 2024 draft class.

Strengths


Keon Coleman brings a unique combination of speed, physicality, and creativity in open space. In a draft class that brings a lot of height, these unique traits do stand out among the other taller, physical receivers in this draft class. Coleman has strong hands and uses his basketball background to win 50/50 jump ball passes and when running comebacks and crossers, will position his body to box out the defender, he is utilizing his traits from the hardwood to the gridiron and you don’t always see that. Coleman tracks the ball very well and is creative in open space, as someone with his size, you don’t expect him to be a return man, but his creativity and athleticism allow him to be a dangerous returner.

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Improvements/Concern


Keon Coleman isn’t the most refined route runner and at times relies on his speed and athleticism to win. Coleman was a raw prospect coming out of High School and is still on the raw side compared to the other Receivers in the 2024 draft class. That brings a lot of upside and a lot of concerns. Not being the most polished route runner or a savvy Receiver in general, he will need to stop relying on his athleticism at some point and learn the nuance of the position. He’s been through three programs, if you count his initial commitment to Kansas, some might bring that up as a negative and question his commitment if things don’t go his way early, while it’s pure speculation, you never really like to see someone go through three programs during their time from a Senior in High School through his Junior year in College.

Devy Value


Coleman is a hold, there are enough unique traits to justify a day two selection as the floor. He’s the best jump ball/contested catcher in the class. When watching him play, he has some shades of Vincent Jackson in his game. 

NFL Outlook


Coleman should test well at the combine and his tape at Florida State will back up those testing measurables. While raw, he isn’t in the same rawness scale of a Tyquan Thornton, think of the type of prospect DK Metcalf was when at Ole Miss, on the football field, not the injuries and not the physical build. DK was a physical straight-line speedy runner who excelled at being asked to run go and post routes where he could use his speed to win and physicality to come up with the catch.