Did the Cowboys Strike Gold with Davon Coleman?

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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.

 Davon Coleman

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, butThe 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.

 Davon Coleman

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.

Film Study

  • 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.

 Davon Coleman

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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  • californy

    I prefer the Football player over the athletes any day. If you want an athlete you have Akwasi.

  • californy

    That 15 tackles for losses of 58 total, that like 25% tackles for losses. I like that number

  • californy

    Vontaze Burfict was also not a athlete , but a player and he went undrafted too. Look at Vontaze now, he was the Gem of that deep Draft class of LB that year

    • Yup and I said he was the best LB before the draft, boy did I get ribbed for that lol: gosh where are all those armchair GM’s who ripped me for that analysis?

      • californy

        🙂

  • californy

    Every year I look at Arizona state player, they are a leader in TFL the last 3 years. But I too missed Davon Coleman.

  • californy

    I believe Sutton will have a great year, he back to his weight were he was a beast in his JR year

    • Al

      we will see

  • californy

    Hey did you know that our FB Copeland was one of the better DT-DE coming out of HS. In his SR year he had 27 sacks. Someone said he was not a DT but a FB his Freshman year at LSU. It just makes you wonder what could of been. I know he doesn’t have the height at 5-11, but didn’t someone say the same thing to John Randall too.

    • David Vick

      I have seen some tape of Copeland playing DLine at 5-11 and he wasn’t bad at all. I believe he volunteered to play FB to get more playing time.

    • Al

      I didn’t know he played D-Line

      • David Vick

        look at his 2011-2012 LSU year on youtube and it shows him at DLine. Dude was quick off the line. Real quick. I think it was the MS state game back then the first time I saw the guy play at FB. He was destroying people like I had never seen before from FB playing about 280.

  • californy

    It amaze me at the line movement Arizona state has, It no wonder they are number one in TFL. It make you wonder who the DL and LB Position coach are on that team.

    • Al

      the line coach is Shipp

  • californy

    Look at the QB, he cant even step up into that pocket. This is some good training film for DL

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I think you got it wrong, we didn’t strike gold, we got the whole mine. Very underrated player coming out. Only problem is the weight, will he and Melton be able to play at the same time, or will he have to rotate with other bigger players? One thing is for sure, sacks aren’t the only measuring stick, if the QB can’t step into the pocket, it becomes tougher to throw over the middle.

    • Amen to that Gabe. I like this guy cuz he is tenacious.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Either every O line they face sucks, or the Arizona front 7 is just that good. Jesus, I would love to know who the D line coach is. Coleman has nice position flex being able to play DE, DT, and the Nose.

        • yup and like californy said, AZ leads the NCAA in TFL

        • btw last I knew it was Scott Brown

        • correction they replaced him with Johnny Shipp I just looked it up

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Funny, because everyone whiffs on players every year. But I love how guys just prove everyone wrong. Guys like Everson Walls, John Randle, Tony Romo, Nate Newton, Dan Fouts went undrafted.

    • tom brady 6th round, cliff harris undrafted, Drew Pearson undrafted, staubach 10th round, arian foster undrafted, kurt warner undrafted, etc etc etc

  • David Vick

    measurable were why he didn’t get drafted. dude is tough to block. Him and Bishop both seemed to pick up on some screens and disrupt. not sure I wouldn’t have taken him over Gardner and Bishop, but I like all 3. Probably the most excited about 7th rounders and FAs that I can remember. I think a lot of these late guys can make the team and practice squad.

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      Yeah thing is that Bishop and Coleman are highly active players. For one they don’t have to come off the field a whole lot. Also they make a bunch of tackles for DT.

      • Al

        Coleman looks like the real deal to me.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          Is Coleman John Randle? LOL. No just kidding, if he is, the draft goes from a B- to A-.

          • Al

            Coleman could be the next Rat

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I am fine with another Ratliff, will probably rack up better TFL and sack numbers than Rat since he will play 4-3 DT.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          Just asking but do you not like Ken Bishop?

          • David Vick

            I love this Bishop guy. Him and Coleman have reach issues (shorter arms), but both hand fight well, have an initial quickness to the gap and neither seems to get pushed around. On several screen plays I saw him start a rush and immediately break to the RB, good recognition of what happening. While he didn’t have a lot of sacks or behind the line tackles, he had a lot of pressures. The first play on his youtube video he puts the G in front of him flat on his back. 6′ 305 lbs dude is like a bowling ball and the OL seem to have a hard time getting leverage on him.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Yeah they both show patience on those screens. They will wait and see. Unlike Ware they seem to be patient, to see where the ball is going, and then both posses the quickness to get back into the play.

          • Al

            I need to study more of his tape: The little I saw of him, he showed flashes, but he didn’t jump off the tape at me like Coleman did.

    • Al

      I think they did better on those guys than they did the mid round picks.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Let’s just trade our 4th round pick from now on, we never hit on them anyway. Maybe we get higher 2nd or 3rd round picks.

        • Al

          If they had listened to cas and drafted Justin Houston a couple years ago we wouldn’t have had to worry about Ware leaving. It amazes me how many of her mid to late round picks out perform 1st round picks from the same class.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Or if they would have listened to me about Geno Atkins a few years back, DT wouldn’t be a problem.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I wonder if Marinelli has changed philosophies on his D line. The tallest guy we have i 6’4″ at Tyrone Crawford, not a bad thing though.

    • Al

      I don’t know, but Crawford has been getting all his reps at LDE in mini camp. He is extremely versatile, but He will be a mis-match nightmare as an edge rusher at his size.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I wasn’t saying Crawford stinks, I was just wondering if we are trying a different approach. Because our guys seem rather short. Maybe Marinelli is thinking leverage is most important for his line. It’s interesting.

        • Al

          he likes his guys to use quickness and dip & bend moves. It’s easier for a shorter guy to dip and shoot the gap, but they are at a disadvantage if the O-lineman gets good hand placement. I think it’s more so because they got the leftovers by addressing it late. The standard size players were all off the board.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Just worried that Coleman might get canned like the Cowboys have done in the past. Hope not. However, the coaches do seem to like him a lot, so maybe they don’t.

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    I just posted your link on Blogging the Boys Cas. They just now talking about Davon Coleman. Cas knows football :))