Expert Opinion: Coleman Shelton’s Profile

Coleman Shelton is a kid from California that was ranked a top-20 center prospect coming out of high school. He attended the University of Washington for four years and was a three-year starter for the Huskies’ football program. He has declared for the draft and has hopes of an NFL career.

Shelton has plenty of experience and versatility. He has started games at both tackle and guard positions before starting 27 games as a center for his final two years. He is praised for his solid technique and quickness. He uses his quick feet to slide into blocking positions while using his punches effectively to fend off defenders.

The problem with Shelton is at 6’3″ 295 pounds, he has average height and weight for his position. The center also lacks the necessary strength. He struggles to keep blocks centered allowing them to escape and clog running lanes. He gets pushed back into the pocket by bull rushes and lacks to push to win one-on-one blocks at the pro level.

40 – yard dash: 5.24 seconds
Vertical jump: 26.5″
Broad jump: 111″
3 cone drill: 7.62 seconds
20 – yard shuttle: 4.59 seconds

Unfortunately, Shelton won’t be a high draft pick as he is currently projection as a sixth or seventh round pick, if at all. The center could very well go undrafted, but could still land on a team as a free agent. He possesses some tools, but lacks others and doesn’t really stand out from the pack. Consider Shelton lucky if he lands with a team this off-season.

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