NFL Draft Analysis: Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri Tigers

by Zach Sanders on January 29, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


University of Missouri tight end Chase Coffman had a prestigious college career. In his four seasons at Missouri, Coffman compiled 2,659 yards and 30 touchdowns on 247 receptions. Coffman won the John Mackey award (best tight end) in 2008, a fitting end to his collegiate career. He posted 90 receptions for 987 yards and 10 in 2008, all career bests. Coffman's father, Paul, was a three-time Pro Bowler during his 12-year NFL career.

Strengths

  • Soft hands
  • Height, measured at 6-foot-5 7/8, has the ability to go up and make a play
  • Great ball security (no fumbles in collegiate career)
  • Intelligence, runs routes well and is always in position in traffic

Weaknesses

  • Run blocking
  • Speed is questionable despite being athletic
  • Injuries, primarily a Jones fracture (fifth metatarsal) in his foot, have nagged Coffman

Expected draft placement

The Baltimore Ravens at No. 26 overall could draft Coffman as the eventual replacement to tight end Todd Heap and add Coffman as a weapon for rising star quarterback Joe Flacco. If the Ravens go elsewhere with their selection, the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 28 could look to add another weapon to their arsenal with the expected departure of free-agent tight end L.J. Smith. Coffman seems more likely to be drafted in the second round, though. The St. Louis Rams at No. 35 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 39 could take a look. He shouldn't slip past the New York Giants at No. 45.

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