Xavier Coleman, CB, Portland St – Projected Round(s) – 6-UDFA
It is no secret the Dallas Cowboys need to find cornerbacks. There is a huge need for depth regardless if they grab one in the earlier rounds. When looking at prospects the Cowboys can get either late of as an undrafted free agent, Xavier Coleman should warrant a look from most teams.
His pro day should have solidified that much as he ran a 4.46 40 and had a 40 inch vertical leap. He may not have faced the best competition, but he has all the intangibles teams look for.
At Portland State Coleman stood out. He led the team in tackles, interceptions, pass break-ups, and amazing comeback stories. In his senior year of high school Coleman had open heart surgery but still has been able to play football at a very high level.
He uses his body well and loves man to man coverage. He thrives at contesting the ball at the highest point and is always looking to get better and play the best receiver on the opposing team.
He will need to work on his footwork and his turn out of the backpedal will need to be sharper as he tends to rely on his athleticism to make up for any fault in his coverage. However, just because he is from a small school doesn’t mean he could find a way to contribute as a slot corner or in nickle or dime packages.
He should be able to contribute on special teams right away and should find the field a few times in his first season.