Davon Coleman was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of ASU. Any time I see a player I didn’t study who went undrafted get signed by the Cowboys, I get this uncontrollable urge to watch his tape in order to try and ascertain”WHY” 32 teams passed on him in the 7th round.
In the case of Davon Coleman , I believe it was mainly because he didn’t meet the prototypical size, length, speed and overall athletic ability so many scouts put too much emphasis on. Granted, there was only one DT in the entire draft with arms shorter than his 31.25″, (Tenny Palepoi out of Utah) and his 5.20 40 speed isn’t going to give anyone goose bumps, but “The Guy Is A Defensive Tackle!” How far does he have to run? His 1.73 10 yard split is fine for a 300 lb run stuffer.
Davon Coleman has 2 primary functions as a DT: plug running lanes and collapse the pocket or disrupt the quarterbacks timing with his receivers. Obviously the ultimate goal is a sack or TFL, but hurries cause quarterbacks to make mistakes and a TFL on the RB is never a bad thing either.
Over the course of the 2013 season, Davon Coleman amassed 58 tackles (4.46 per game), 15 tackles for loss (1.15 per game), 8.5 sacks, and forced an intentional grounding in the endzone which resulted in a safety.
Those are not bad numbers sports fans: a lot of defensive ends don’t put up those types of stats. 8.5 sacks is solid for an interior lineman at any level.
- Davon Coleman is built like a mack truck with a wide base and an incredibly strong upper body (35 bench reps). He is a very physical and aggressive player. He moves well laterally for a big guy and is always around the ball. He does a nice job of shedding blocks and tracking the play. He has excellent power at the point, but tries to rely on his strength too much: he needs to learn how to play half a man. He is relentless in pursuit and a solid tackler.
- Davon Coleman uses his hands well, but needs to improve his technique. He stands up tall at times and loses leverage: he needs to control his pad level better. He is fairly quick for his size, but he looks too stiff. He needs to work on his footwork and learn to keep his legs churning while engaged rather than rely on his upper body strength so much. He appears a bit clumsy at times (lead feet), but has a remarkable ability to recover when he stumbles or loses his balance and make the play anyway. He has a good motor and always plays through the whistle.
If I had done this report prior to the draft I would have given Davon Coleman a 3rd to 4th round grade. I don’t see an athlete who will make your jaw drop in gym shorts: I see a football player. With some good coaching on his technique, footwork, and adding a few pass rush moves to his arsenal, I see no reason at all why Davon Coleman couldn’t be a solid starter in the NFL. Based on the value of getting him as an undrafted free agent, I believe the Cowboys did strike gold with Davon Coleman.
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