By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 8:48 am in Football.
Cal’s Deandre Coleman tries to complete what reportedly has been a very strong week in Mobile, Ala., when he plays Saturday in the Senior Bowl college all-star game.
Coleman, who rarely gained notice during the Bears’ 1-11 season, apparently has improved his NFL draft stock with an impressive week of practice.
Tony Pauline, writing on the Philadelphia Eagles website after Monday’s initial workouts, called Coleman “one of the bigger surprises on the defensive line.”
Pauline added: “He showed power all day long and easily controlled the point of attack. More than that, Coleman displayed a great degree of athleticism, quickness and agility, charging around opponents as well as bull-rushing over them. With the shallow pool of talented players at the defensive tackle position, Coleman definitely helped himself today.”
A day later, ESPN.com Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller, wrote Coleman “has played really well both days here. He looked very strong against the double-team on Tuesday, using his hands effectively and playing really hard. He plowed through Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard during one session.
“And, yes, Cal fans, there were some folks who wondered where this beastly version of Coleman was this season: Powerful and surprisingly athletic, the 6-foot-5, 315 pounder is position and scheme versatile, though scouts are left to question where this passionate play was throughout a disappointing senior season in the Pac-12.”
Finally, draft expert Mike Mayock and fellow ESPN commentator Charles Davis agreed that Coleman is among the players who made himself some money by boosting his draft stock during workouts.
“Deandre Coleman at the inside defensive tackle at Cal, didn’t play great as a senior, but he had a heck of a week,” Mayock said.
Added Davis: “They were kind of waiting for that light to go on and they saw it this week.”
The Senior Bowl will be shown at 1 p.m. on Saturday on the NFL Network.