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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri
John Tuvey
March 25, 2009
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Chase Coffman, TE, MissouriMeasurables:
Combine height: 6-5 3/4
Combine weight: 244 pounds
Combine 40 time: did not run at Combine

Stats:
Though his numbers were somewhat inflated by Missouri’s spread offense, Coffman’s senior stats are nonetheless amazing: 90 catches for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns, enough to earn him the Mackey Award as the nation’s outstanding tight end. For his four-year career Coffman finished with 247 catches for 2,659 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Skill Set:
As evidenced by his productivity, Coffman is an outstanding pass-catcher. He has good height for the position, which he combines with great hands, quality route-running, and the ability to read defenses and separate from defenders. Coffman has good ball skills and is tough to bring down after the catch. And his lineage certainly doesn’t hurt, either; Coffman’s father, Paul, played tight end for the Packers.

Of course, there are some concerns about Coffman’s game. Playing in the spread offense limited Coffman’s work in a three-point stance, and while he was an effective blocker in the open field some scouts are concerned that he’s too light to do the same on the line of scrimmage. Coffman never wowed with his speed, but more troublesome is a history of injuries to his feet. The past two years he’s battled turf toe and bone spurs, and Coffman is still recovering from a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot suffered in the final game of his college career. He didn’t run at the combine but had hoped to be ready for Missouri’s second pro day March 19; that didn’t happen, as he has yet to be cleared to run. Coffman still hopes for an opportunity to run in private workouts prior to the draft.

Possible Destinations:
Coffman’s durability concerns and a deep class of tight ends likely pushes him to the second day of the draft, though it’s possible the Giants (60), Colts (61), Cardinals (62), or Titans (63) might be interested late Saturday. Coffman isn’t a true seam-splitter like Dustin Keller and he isn’t (yet, at least) a polished in-line blocker so the best fit might be a team that would use him in the slot much like Indy uses Dallas Clark. Teams might also view Coffman as an immediate help in the passing game with the potential to develop into an every-down player. Expect him to go off the board early on the second day of the draft, as early as 66th to the Rams; the Bengals (70), Jaguars (72), Packers (73 and again at 83), Bills (75), Buccaneers (81), Eagles (85), Ravens (88), and Falcons (90) all wouldn’t mind a crack at him, either.

Fantasy Impact:
For Coffman to have any impact as a rookie, he’ll need to start running soon; missed time at rookie minicamp might set his transition back enough to water down whatever is to be expected in his first NFL season. It will also take Coffman landing in the right situation (as noted above, something similar to the way Clark is used by the Colts) for him to even register a blip on the fantasy draft-day radar. Most likely you can keep Coffman on the backburner as a potential bye-week plug in or a player with upside to be considered if your drafted tight end fails to deliver on expectations.

Dynasty leaguers can be a little more aggressive on Coffman, as his productivity, skill set, and lineage all suggest he’ll be at minimum a serviceable NFL tight end for a number of years. Don’t expect Antonio Gates and you won’t be let down, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Coffman developed into a Heath Miller type of tight end that you can plug into your fantasy lineup on a weekly basis and not worry too much about.

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