NFL Draft Analysis: Glen Coffee, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide

by Tim Piotrowski on March 19, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


University of Alabama running back Glen Coffee will forego his senior season and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Coffee was able to put up some fantastic numbers during the regular season for the Crimson Tide. He rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns on 233 carries in 14 games.

The junior had five 100-yard rushing games including 218 yards against the University of Kentucky. He averaged five yards per carry seven times, with his best average being 16.2. Coffee's season ended on a bad note, rushing for only 36 yards on 13 carries against the Utah Utes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Strengths

  • Runs with terrific forward body lean
  • Shows second gear when in open space
  • Has good awareness during pass protection
  • Has the quickness to turn the corner
  • Shows good focus as receiver with ball in the air
  • Has considerably matured since a textbook scandal in 2007 that cost him four games
  • Runs aggressively and isn't afraid to take on defenders

Weaknesses

  • Missed the 2006 season with a knee injury (redshirted) and injured his shoulder in 2007
  • Does not run crisp routes
  • Does not always keep the ball tight to his frame
  • Runs a bit upright
  • Oddly proportioned frame with narrow hips; lacks overall core and lower-body mass
  • 2007 textbook scandal cost him four games

Expected draft placement

Coffee, 6-foot 1/8, 209 pounds, will most likely be taken during the second day of the draft in either the fourth or fifth round. He will be helped with the new philosophy in the league that most teams need two running backs to be successful. Coffee only had one big season, so teams may look at more established running backs to take in Rounds 3-5 when he will likely hear his name.

Most of the teams who are identified with needing a running back will look at him. Some teams who may be interested are the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals.

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