Add another Pro Cane to the list, as WR Stacy Coley has been drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings. Coley could be an early candidate to replace Cordarelle Patterson both as a wide receiver and returner.
Coley is a player with a good combination of size and speed. At 6’1” 180lbs, Coley can play in the slot or on the outside, which he did in his time at Miami. I’d expect to see this from Coley at the NFL level as well.
In 4 years at Miami, Coley had some highs and lows in terms of performance. He burst onto the scene in 2013 as a Freshman All-American, with 33 catches for 591 yards (17.9 yards per catch) and 7 TDs. On top of that, he scored an incredible rushing touchdown at Pittsburgh, which highlights his explosive athletic ability perfectly.
On top of that, Coley had touchdowns on kickoff return and punt return in 2013. Which put him in a class all by himself.
Stacy Coley is the only FBS player this season with touchdowns via reception, rush, kickoff return and punt return. #Canes— Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 29, 2013
Coley had some struggles with minor injuries in his Miami career, but he still had a very nice career for the Canes, as you can see here.
Stacy Coley at Miami:— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 25, 2016
- 154 receptions: 2nd all-time
- 2,049 yards: 8th all-time
- 19 touchdowns: tied for 7th all-time pic.twitter.com/LyhEHurbbN
As with all Miami players, Coley’s performances vs Florida State are things that will be looked at as indicative of what he can do vs top competition. In the 2015 and 2016 games vs the Seminoles — when he was the top receiving option — Coley totaled 14 catches for 219 yards (15.6 yards per catch) and 3 TDs. Draft breakdown has video from the 2015 game when Coley (7/139/TD) was dominant.
A native of Oakland Park, FL, Coley is a player who, with some development and health, can be a contributor on offense at the NFL level for several years.