- Name: Xavier Coleman
- School: Portland State
- Position: CB
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 189 lbs
- Career Stats: 152 tackles, 32 pass breakups, 9 INTs
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.50 seconds
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds
- 3 Cone Drill: 6.81 seconds
- Vertical Jump: 40 inches
- Broad Jump: 10’06”
- Bench Press: 17 reps of 225 lbs
Strengths: Aggressive corner with plenty of experience in man to man, and bump and run coverage (which the Jets consistently employ). Although Pro-Day results can sometimes be skewed, he tested similarly to 2nd round pick Chidobe Awuzie in terms of agility, in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. That matches what he showed on the field, exhibiting the ability to smoothly change direction in coverage. Coleman also displayed an impressive 40 inch vertical, which would’ve ranked 4th amongst DBs at the combine. He’s also strong for his size and not afraid to dive in and make tackles.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have extraordinary speed. Might have trouble making up for lost ground in coverage when receivers win against him at the line of scrimmage. Faces a bigger change in level of competition than other rookies from who he faced consistently in college to what he’ll face in the NFL.
Final Word: The best compliment a CB can have is getting less action from opposing offenses and that’s what happened with Coleman after a breakout season in 2015 where he had 5 INTs and led the Big Sky conference with 13 pass breakups. Coleman also isn’t just any ordinary player or person. In high school he had open heart surgery to repair a condition that threatened his entire football career. Todd Bowles said in a recent interview that the Jets were looking to bring in players that love the game and Coleman definitely fits that description. He’s another player that can help change the culture of the Jets locker room if he can stick.
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