The Atlanta Falcons selected Indiana running back Tevin Coleman in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, grabbing him with the 73rd overall pick. The Falcons met with Coleman a little more than a week before the draft in Flowery Branch to get a closer look at him after his personal pro day.
Coleman was unable to work out for NFL teams until mid-April due to having surgery on his foot at the end of the 2014 season. Despite being unable to compete in most drills, he did clock a 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range.
The injuries to his toe, foot and ankle nagged him throughout the year, but didn’t stop him from being productive as he finished second in the nation with 2,036 rushing yards. Coleman is one of the draft’s most explosive runners, averaging 7.5 yards per carry and having a large percentage of his rushing totals coming on long runs according to Pro Football Focus. He also scored 15 touchdowns this past year and caught 25 passes.
Coleman also led the Hoosiers in rushing as a sophomore in 2013, with 958 yards on 131 carries (7.5 average), 12 touchdowns and 19 receptions. Coleman also has experience as a kickoff returner, returning kicks during his freshman year when he averaged 23.6 yards on 24 returns with a touchdown. Coleman was a team captain as a junior and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back.