In his post-game press conference following Baylor’s upset loss to the University of Texas, Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman announced that he would forgo his senior year in favor of entering the 2016 NFL Draft.
Coleman has put up one of the more impressive statistical collegiate receiving seasons in recent history. His twenty receiving touchdowns on the season lead the nation by a significant margin, Those 20 touchdowns tie, among others, Justin Blackmon’s 2010 season for the sixth-most receiving touchdowns in any year since 2000. Coleman’s season begins to look even more impressive when considering that Baylor has been forced to go deep down the quarterback depth chart in recent weeks, which has severely limited his production. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Baylor’s November 5th game at Kansas, when he went off for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches. With Baylor’s fourth-string quarterback — converted wide receive Lynx Hawthorne — under center for the majority of the game against Texas, Coleman caught seven passes for 49 total yards.
CBS projects Coleman as the third-best wide receiver in the 2016 Draft, or a late first-round pick. For reference, the third wide receiver taken in recent NFL Drafts have been Davante Parker (Miami Dolphins, #14 in 2015), Odell Backham Jr. (New York Giants, #12 in 2014), and Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings, #29 in 2013).