Corey Coleman will replace Josh Gordon – sort of – in joining Robert Griffin III in Cleveland. All three have Baylor ties.
“It’s crazy,” Coleman said. “I’m so happy. It’s a blessing. I’m ready to roll. I know RGIII is a great quarterback.”
The Browns made Coleman the 15th overall pick. He was the first receiver off the board. Three other receivers followed with Notre Dame’s Will Fuller going to the Texans at No. 21, TCU’s Josh Doctson to the Redskins at No. 22 and Mississippi’s Laquan Treadwell going to the Vikings at No. 23.
The Browns twice traded down, going from No. 2 to No. 8 to No. 15, picking up additional draft picks along the way and getting the top wideout on their board.
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“Corey Coleman is a guy that we identified very early, obviously a tremendously productive, dynamic playmaker,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said. “We’re tremendously excited to have executed our plan coming into the draft and really throughout the offseason. We probably bounced around a little bit more than maybe our fans wanted us to, but we positioned ourselves to pick up what was our top-rated wide receiver but also position ourselves to pick a couple of additional players this weekend. We’re really excited to add a dynamic player to our offense. It is something that we haven’t had in the past year or recent years, with Corey’s speed, tenacity and ability to turn small plays into long plays. We’re really excited to bring him here and make him a Cleveland Brown.”
Coleman figured the Browns might take a receiver, but he wasn’t sure it was him until they called. The Browns have lacked a breakaway threat with Gordon serving a drug suspension that has lasted more than a year.
“Man, my eyes just got big when they called, the Ohio number,” he said. “They called me and I answered, and they were like, ‘You ready to roll?’ I said, ‘Yes sir, I’m ready to rock.’ They asked me, ‘Did you work out today?’ Yeah, you have my heart over here beating, and that’s a workout.”