Tevin Coleman was drafted by the Atlanta Falcon in the 3rd round of the draft for a reason, they simply don't have a solid producer on their roster. Coleman has the talent and is in the right situation to be this years best rookie running back and a bona fide fantasy football sleeper. Coleman's average draft position (as of this writing) is 52, a bit early for me. In an expert draft I participated in yesterday he went in the 7th round.
"I'm going to be the best rookie running back (from this class)," Coleman said in an interview with D.J. Shockley of AtlantaFalcons.com. "I'm coming out to be the starter, and I'm going to work like the starter."
Coleman was very productive in his junior year with 2,036 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. His production was amazing considering he played the last 7 games with a broken sesamoid bone in his right foot.
Sleeper status bonus: Coleman is a high-cut runner at 5'11" and 206 pounds and will be playing in Kyle Shahanan's offense, an offense known to produce solid work horse running backs. The scheme relies heavily on the zone stretch as well as the inside zone which produced four 1,000+ rushers in the last 7 years.
More Sleeper status bonus: What separates Coleman from anyone else the Falcons could have drafted is his breakaway speed. He worked out for some NFL scouts on April 15 and churned out a speedy 4.35 40-yard dash, according to the The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.
Witness Coleman's back breaking speed in this 90-yard run against the Buckeyes' formidable defense.
I recommend drafting Coleman in the 2015 fantasy football draft as a nice "what if" pick. What if he becomes a 3 down back. What if he wins the starting job. What if... If he wins the starting job you've struck gold with this nice fantasy football sleeper.