Written by: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
On Monday evening NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reported that Indiana running back Tevin Coleman will not be participating in the drills this week at the NFL combine. The talented junior is still recovering from surgery he had performed on his foot back in December for an injury he suffered during his last season in Bloomington.
The 6-foot 2, 210 tailback had an outstanding season in 2014, rushing for an NCAA second-best 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns. Coleman has been compared to Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden and dynamic Cowboys runner DeMarco Murray by multiple NFL analysts, including Lance Zierlein.
"He is a home-run hitter, he is a pile-mover, he's effective out of the backfield and he has a terrific nose for the end zone," Lance Zierlein added. "He shows no hesitation between the tackles and has a great feel for where the running lanes are in tight quarters. He turns missed or broken tackles into long touchdowns, and he's the type of runner who can instantly change direction without having to gear down. His running style reminds me of Demarco Murray's."
Coleman has been ranked between the third and fifth best running back in this year’s draft class and is projected to be a middle to late 2nd round draft pick. It remains to be seen his how lack of participation at the combine this week will affect his draft stock.
The Illinois native is expected to participate at the Indiana pro day scheduled for April 15, where he will get an opportunity to showcase his abilities in many of the same drills that take place at the combine.
The 2015 NFL Draft will be held in Coleman's home state on April 30 - May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.