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Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Profile: WR Stacy Coley

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Stacy Coley hopes to leave NFL defenders in his dust

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Measurements: Six feet, 185 pounds

Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida

High School: Starred as a wide receiver for Northeast High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Miami Days

When Stacy Coley committed to the Miami Hurricanes, one could understand all the excitement surrounding the offense for the coming season. Known for his ability to fly past defenders and gain separation with his speed, Coley was a complementary receiver who could top the depth chart sooner rather than later.

In his freshman year, Coley paid immediate dividends, splitting time on the offense and on special teams as a returner. Coley scored his first collegiate touchdown in the second game of his career, against Savannah State. Perhaps no play is more symbolic of Coley’s game than the 81-yard TD reception against Virginia Tech. Coley started 6 of the 13 games he appeared in, catching 33 passes for 591 yards and scoring a team-leading 7 TDs. After an impressive first year, Coley was named an honorable All-ACC member.

As a sophomore, Coley’s playing time grew due to the belief that more opportunities would provide more big plays. However, he had what some would define as a sophomore slump. Coming off a season where he was the lightning to Allen Hurns’s thunder, Coley slogged through the season, posting 23 receptions for 183 yards on the year.

In his junior year, Coley looked to bounce back from the disappointment of his second season. He improved on most of his numbers in comparison to his sophomore season. In 11 games, Coley caught 47 receptions for 687 yards, with 4 of those receptions going for touchdowns. In what was perhaps his best performance of the season, Coley caught seven passes for 139 yards, with a 19.36 yards per catch average, and scored a touchdown. Coley would finish first on the Hurricanes in receiving yards for the season, sixth in the ACC in receiving yards per game, and tenth in the country in receptions per game (4.3). After the season, Coley was named an All-ACC third team member.

Looking to finish his collegiate career on a positive note, Coley returned as a man on a mission for his senior year. Coley played in all 13 games that final season, starting in 10 games. With a stat line of 63 receptions, 754 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns, and a yards per catch average of 11.97, Coley had his best season as a Hurricane. Coley remained the deep vertical threat used to stretch defensive coverages, and he became more of an intermediate option to pick up first downs.

Soon after the Hurricanes secured a Russell Athletic Bowl victory, Coley began training for the NFL draft. After earning an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Coley later declined it. He instead focused on the NFL Scouting Combine. Coley put together a respectable performance, running 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, putting up 10 reps on the bench press, and jumping 34 inches in the vertical jump test. According to NFL.com, Coley cut down his 40 time to 4.39 and 4.42.

Film to Watch

Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles, October 10, 2015

Coley caught 7 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown.

Cool Stuff

  • A True Freshman All-American first team member (247 Sports, FWAA)
  • All-ACC third team member (2013)
  • All-ACC second team member (2015)
  • All-ACC second team member (2016)

Expert Opinions

Best-suited as a vertical slot receiver who can stretch the field and uncover underneath thanks to athleticism and burst.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

He is a smart football player who settles in zones nicely and has good stick knowledge. He gets good separation downfield and tracks the ball nicely over his shoulder. He runs a good comeback, driving back to the football and catching it with soft hands.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Stacy Coley is going to be an asset for a team based on his speed. That ability to get open, to set up defenders only to cut his route, should translate to the pro level. He is a willing blocker and has served as both a kick and punt returner for Miami. While he will need to improve his overall strength after missing periods of time due to various injuries, he will be an immediate contributor, whether on special teams or as a wide receiver.

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