The New York Giants have invested in the wide receiver position in recent seasons, spending a first round pick on uber-star Odell Beckham Jr. and a second-round pick on talented slot receiver Sterling Shepard. In doing so they’ve shown a renovation in thought with regards to the position. Gone are the big-bodied receivers like Plaxico Burress, Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden, and Rueben Randle. In their place are smaller, quicker, and more versatile receivers who can get open in a flash and make things happen after the catch.
Miami receiver Stacy Coley is just that kind of player, and could catch the Giants’ eye.
Height - 6 feet, 1 inch (listed)
Weight - 193 (listed)
40 Time - 4.40 (projected)
- Played in a pro-style offense. Shorter learning curve for the NFL game.
- Quick in and out of breaks, tough for defenders to stick with in coverage.
- Enough speed to break off chunk yardage in space.
- Visibly worked on hands. Plagued by drops early at Miami, improved over his years there.
- Versatile, played inside and outside his senior season and produced in both positions.
- Hands catcher who snatches the ball out of the air.
- Appears to adjust well to the ball in the air.
- Decent height at 6-foot-1, but slender build. He might struggle to deal with press coverage in the NFL, and durability could be a question
- Inconsistent production, could be a result of QB Brad Kaaya’s inconsistencies, and he also dealt with hamstring issues in college
- Okay, but not great route running. Breaks could be sharper, though he has improved that as well (as his hands)
- Not much of a blocker in space
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Coley is the kind of receiving prospect the Giants have been attracted to of late. He shows solid hands, versatility, the ability to track the ball and contort his body to make the catch, and the speed to threaten defenses down the field. His experience in a pro-style offense is a mark in his favor as well, as he should be able to grasp NFL concepts more quickly.
The Giants might want a bigger body to create mismatches in the red-zone or create a contrast for defenses with Beckham and Shepard. However, that could also be accomplished with a tight end as well.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - N/A
Mocking The Draft - N/A
CBS Sports - 137th overall
Draft Countdown - N/A
Draft Tek - 127th overall
Coley is a fun receiver to watch and he could see his draft stock rise over the coming months. He definitely has speed down the field and the agility to make defenders miss. He needs to continue to work on his route running, but his reliable hands, ability to track the ball, and adjust to it in the air make for a big catch radius.
The Giants could be attracted to his versatility and the work ethic he’s shown in improving his hands and route running over his years at Miami. His draft process starts this week with the East West Shrine Game, but he could be a steady riser between now and the end of April.