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TE, Chase Coffman, Missouri

TE, Chase Coffman, Missouri

At A Glance
Position 1: Tight End Height: 6-6
Position 2:  Weight:  244
Class:  Senior Age:  
Projected Round:  2nd-3rd  40time:  4.83
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps:  X Vertical:  X
20yd Split:  X Broad Jump:  X 
10yd Split:  X 20yd Shuttle:  X
3 Cone Drill:  X  

Pros:   Rare size potential for the position. Athletic enough to line up in a variety of positions, including split out wide, in motion or along the line of scrimmage. Good initial quickness off the snap. Has the lateral agility to avoid the jam at the line and get a clean release into his route. Uses his hands well in this area to break free from defenders when initially challenged. Good lateral quickness and body control to gain separation from defenders. Good balance and body control to make the acrobatic reception with defenders draped over him. Can make the tough catch in traffic and looks to get upfield to gain extra yardage. Reliable hands. Generally looks the ball into his hands to make the secure reception, but will trap the ball against his body when he anticipates a big hit. More physical as a blocker than you'd expect for a tight end split wide as often as he is. Provides a good initial jolt to the defender when blocking and gives good effort to sustain his blocks. Emerged as a standout as a true freshman. Good bloodlines. Father, Paul Coffman, was an NFL tight end for 10 years.

Cons:  Only marginal straight-line speed. Not a true deep seam threat. Flashes the physicality and toughness scouts want in a downfield blocker, but rarely blocks from a traditional three-point stance. Legitimate durability concerns following repeated foot injuries the past two seasons. Struggled for much of his senior season with turf toe and broke the fifth metatarsal in his left bone on the final play of the Alama Bowl. Played through recurring bone spurs as a junior that eventually resulted in corrective surgery in the offseason. Was not able to work out at the combine or at Missouri's pro day following surgery to fix the left foot.

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From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:

Coffman has impressive size for a tight end. He uses that size to create space to get open. Coffman also utilizes great quickness off the line of scrimmage. A consistent prospect who routinely finds himself open. Possesses incredibly reliable hands and makes a lot of difficult receptions. Doesn't catch with his body. Runs excellent routes, much like a receiver. A strong athlete who rarely goes down on first contact.

From "Rumblings Scouting Report" at Buffalo Rumblings:

Coffman has the greatest set of hands I've ever seen. And when I say "greatest hands I've ever seen," I don't mean for a college tight end. I mean for any football player ever. Yes I'm biased and yes this sounds like hyperbole, but ANY ball put in Coffman's general vicinity was caught, often times in a ridiculous manner. Coffman certainly has question marks and red flags going into this draft, but anyone who has his hands as one of them doesn't know what the hell they're talking about.

From "Ranking the NFL Draft 2009 TEs" at Buffalo Rumblings"

They say this year's tight end class is deep. I disagree. There are a lot of players available; very few of them fit what the Bills traditionally look for at the position. One one-dimensional guy with room to grow is Chase Coffman, owner of the best set of hands in the draft. His hands make him coveted; his size and blocking potential put him second on my list, but only as a third-round prospect.


Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • There was only one thing missing: Chase Coffman displaying his trademark combination of tightrope walking, high jumping and jaw-dropping pass catching.

    While his former teammates attempted to beat the clock during their 40-yard dashes, the Mackey Award winner dealt with a much different obstacle — a foot-long Spicy Italian sandwich  from Subway.

    Rather than make his way through the intricate pattern of the three cone test, Coffman did his best John Elway impression by walking through play action fakes and throwing passes to Moore.  [see more...]
  • But because Coffman spent his career in Missouri’s spread offense, not requiring him to block along the line of scrimmage, there’s some question about how successful he can be as an every-down tight end in the NFL.

    And it’s not helping that Coffman, 6 feet 6 and 245 pounds, came to the NFL scouting combine recovering from a broken metatarsal in his left foot, preventing him from working out in front of the general managers, coaches and scouts.

    “A lot of them have seen me on film doing open-field blocking and seeing how that can possibly transition well to being aggressive and blocking on the line of scrimmage,” Coffman said Thursday. “Very rarely did we get in a three-point stance.  [see more...]
  • University of Missouri senior tight end Chase Coffman (Peculiar, Mo.) has been named the recipient of the 2008 John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end. Coffman, who was announced as the award winner during tonight’s ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show from the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Orlando, Fla., beat out a pair of Big 12 Conference competitors, as the other two finalists along with Coffman are Jermaine Gresham of Oklahoma and Brandon Pettigrew of Oklahoma State.  [see more...]
  • The 6-6, 245 pound Peculiar, Missouri product will finish up his collegiate career as one of the most productive receiving tight ends in NCAA history. His size and speed have created a ton of mismatches for the Tiger offense and he will continue to do that at the next level. He is a favorite to win the John Mackey Tight End Award this year and that is saying a lot since there are a handful of very good tight ends wrapping up their collegiate careers in 2008.  [see more...]
  • Father, Paul, enjoyed a long career in the NFL (1978-87) as a tight end for the Green Bay Packers...Brother, Carson, is a quarterback at Kansas St...Played extensively but split time with current Cleveland Brown Martin Rucker the first three years of his career...1st Team All-Big 12 in 2006 and 2nd Team in 2007 and 2008...Named a 1st Team All-American in 2008...Won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end as a senior...Graduated in 3 1/2 years...Missed the Big 12 Championship game in 2007 with an ankle injury...Was hobbled by a turf toe injury in 2008...Injured his foot on the final play of the Alamo Bowl and underwent surgery to install a screw into the fifth metatarsal bone, which affected his pre-draft training...Owns the Division I record for career receptions by a tight end...Pass catching threat with decent, not  great, physical tools and top-notch intangibles.  [see more...]
  • While Coffman may not have a ton of speed, he can separate himself from the defender after the catch and seems to have an extra gear that allows him to gain separation.  He doesn’t have the kind of speed that you will find in a tight end like the Bear’s Greg Olsen but he can break away from a defender and gain those extra yards.

                    Coffman’s size also makes him a viable asset at tight end.  At 6’6”, Coffman is a huge target and can catch balls over top of defenders, especially shorter linebackers and safeties.  He can also reach up and snag passes that are too high and out jump defenders for the ball.  His size is definitely an asset.  This will help him out a lot in the NFL.  He is also very athletic which is a must for any good NFL tight end (see the Chargers Gates).   [see more...]
  • Possesses a big frame with long arms and excellent body control down the field. Showcases great hands and plucks everything away from his body. Looks like a power forward going up and attacking the ball at its highest point. Uses his body well to shield defenders down the field. Loves contact and shows a willingness to block in the run game.  [see more...]